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Atmar hails US, NATO decision on military presence

Atmar hails US, NATO decision on military presence

Oct 21, 2015 - 15:51

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar has welcomed US and NATOinfo-icon decisions on keeping some of their troops in Afghanistaninfo-icon beyond 2016 to deal with security challenges.

The National Security Council (NSC) said on Wednesday that Atmar’s appreciation of the extended foreign military presence came during a meeting with NATO Civilian Representative Ismail Aramaz.

Both dignitaries also discussed bilateral relations and the overall security situation in the war-torn country, a statement from NSC said.

Last Thursday, President Barack Obama announced 9,800 American troops would remain in Afghanistan through next year, citing increased Islamic State and Talibaninfo-icon activities in the country.

Speaking at a White House press conference, Obama said he had decided to keep 5,500 troops in Kabul and at a few bases, including those in Bagram, Jalalabad and Kandahar.

Also a top NATO commander on Tuesday said some US allies were interested in keeping their troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016.

The Associated Press quoted Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, NATO commander in Europe, as saying members states had not yet announced exact numbers of the soldiers they wanted to stay in Afghanistan.




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