The president of the United States has decided to maintain some US troops of 9800 soldiers in Afghanistan for the most part of the year 2016.
President Barack Obama announced Thursday that it would maintain thousands of American soldiers in Afghanistan beyond 2016, judging this essential presence to help Afghan forces still too fragile. Despite the official end of combat since ten operations months, this decision to extend again a military intervention that began 14 years ago is a setback for the Democratic president, elected in 2008 on a promise to put an end to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
If progress has been registered, “the Afghan forces are not yet as strong as they should be”, he acknowledged, noting the advances of the Taliban in particular in rural areas. Also highlighting the “emergence of the ISIS”, the Group Islamic State, he found that the security of the country was still “very fragile”. “I won’t let not the Afghanistan be used as a hideout for terrorists to attack our country again”, hammered the U.S. president who will not see so no American troops leave afghan soil before his departure from the White House in January, 2017.
The Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces announced the maintenance of 9 800 American soldiers present on place “mostly” by the year 2016. Beyond 2016, 5,500 troops will be maintained on a small number of bases including Bagram (near Kabul), Jalalabad (East) and Kandahar (South). “This continued modest but significant presence can make a real difference”, assured Barack Obama. So far, Washington hoped to leave late 2016 only a residual force of approximately a thousand men at the Embassy in Kabul.
The Obama administration insists the “combat mission” American is complete and that his forces will continue to conduct ‘two targeted missions’: counter-terrorism and training and the Council to Afghan forces. More than 2,300 American soldiers have lost their lives in the vast military intervention in Afghanistan triggered after the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.
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On several occasions, the head of the afghan Executive, Abdullah Abdullah, spoke for an adjustment to the American calendar. “The need for a continued support to Afghan forces is clear”, he said recently. Several offensives of recent Taliban, as in Kunduz (Northern), showed that Afghan forces could not always hold their ground all alone, despite the approximately $ 60 billion spent by Washington 14 years to equip them and train them.
If the Taliban were finally announced Tuesday evening will be removed from Kunduz, their Flash of this great city of afghan Northern conquest – their greatest military victory since 2001 – has marked the spirits. And the multiplication of such attacks raised fears that the offensive in Kunduz has inaugurated a new strategy of the Taliban to strengthen their grip on the North of the country and the cities, beyond its rural strongholds of the South.
Last week, the American general John Campbell, Commander the mission of NATO in Afghanistan, already expressed favorable to the evolution of the American calendar. Of many Republican politicians, on the first rank of which Senator John McCain, regularly accuse the Obama administration’s focus on an objective policy withdrawal of troops from the realities on the ground. And recall the case of Iraq, where they, believe president withdrew American soldiers far too early in 2011, leaving at the same time the field open to the ultra-radical group Islamic State (AR) jihadists.
The changes announced Thursday represent a disappointment for the American president who had made December 2016 a strong maturity? No, he replied, “my goal has always been to give the best possible chance to the Afghanistan”. “My approach is to assess the situation on the ground, determine what works and what doesn’t and make needed adjustments”, he added, acknowledging that it would now be “the next President” to make new arbitration on the difficult afghan dossier.
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