Afghanistan lower house of Parliament on 23 November 2014 approved the Bilateral Security Agreements with the United States and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization). The pact will allow about 12500 NATO-led troops to stay in Afghanistan till 2015 to fight Taliban forces.
United States led NATO combat operations were about to finish at the end of 2014, but the Taliban launched a series of recent offensives that have severely injured Afghan soldiers and police.
The original plan was for the 9800 remaining troops to only train and advise Afghanistan forces and conduct counterterrorism missions.
Highlights of the Bilateral Security Agreement
• The new NATO mission named Operation Resolute Support will focus on supporting the Afghanistan forces in parallel with US counter-terrorism operations against the Taliban and other militant groups.
• The Afghan security forces will be in charge of full security of their country and will be further equipped and strengthened through NATO training.
• The new order also allows air support from US jets, bombers and drones for Afghan combat missions.
• But by the end of 2015, half of the 9800 American troops will leave Afghanistan. The rest will consolidate in Kabul and Bagram and then will leave by the end of 2016.
When: 23 November 2014
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