Friday, February 7, 2014

White House Close to Afghan Troop Deployment Decision

Reports indicate that the White House is close to making a decision on the number of troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond December 2014. General Dunford, the commander of the International Security Assistance Force, recently met with President Obama. Some say that Dunford asked for about 10,000 troops to stay beyond 2014 to conduct limited counter-terrorist operations against the remnants of al Qaeda (yes, they are still in Afghanistan) and to conduct the Security Force Assistance mission - which will be named Resolute Support. The decision is complicated with the non-signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement by President Karzai. Some critics say that this is making it easier for Obama to walk away from Afghanistan just as he did in Iraq. Time will tell. Read more in "WH: No decision on US presence in Afghanistan", DEFCON Hill Blog, February 4, 2014. There are confusing messages coming from the Obama administration - some say the BSA is close to signing while others say it will wait until after the elections. Stay posted!

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