US President announced to keep US troops in Afghanistan till 2016

May 29, 2014 18:35 IST

US President Barack Obama announced on 27 may 2014 to keep 9800 troops in Afghanistan till the end of 2016. The announcement was made in Washington. The final withdrawal of US combat forces should be in December 2014 but US extended it for two years to withdraw the troops from Afghanistan fully.

The US till then will only focus on supporting counter-terrorism operations and training Afghan security forces, and will not be engaged in combat missions.

At present, there are 32000 US troops in Afghanistan and over the course the number of troops will be draw down to half about 4900 troops by 2015. The troops are consolidated in the Kabul and Bagram Air Field, the main US base in Afghanisthan.
The US will leave only enough troops for security for the American Embassy after 2016.

The post-war plan is contingent on the Afghan government signing a bilateral security agreement with the US.  Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai had refused to sign the agreement.

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