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US agreed to keep 9800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of 2015

The decision on the change of plan was announced at a press conference in Washington between President Barack Obama and President Ashraf Ghani.

Mar 25, 2015 12:12 IST
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The United States (US) President Barack Obama on 24 March 2015 agreed to slow the US military pullout from the war-torn Afghanistan through the end of year 2015.

As per the agreement reached between Barack Obama and Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani in Washington
• The US will maintain 9800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of the year 2015.
• Obama also promised to end America's longest war by the end of his term. That is, the US will not depart from its current plan of closing its bases in Afghanistan and consolidate the remaining US forces in Kabul by the end of 2016.
• Both Obama and Ghani agreed that an end to the war in Afghanistan could only come through a political deal with the Taliban.

Earlier, it was planned that the US will cut the presence of its troop in Afghanistan to 5500 by the end of 2015.

Keeping the extra US troops through the end of the year 2015 would ensure that the Afghan forces­ continue to make improvements to guarantee that far-flung units have the food, ammunition and intelligence required to fight on their own.

 

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