US Hints at Longer Military Presence in Afghanistan

US military in Afghanistan
US military in Afghanistan

The United States says its military presence in war-weary Afghanistan will remain “significant” despite this year’s drawdown.

 

James Dobbins, the US special envoy for Afghanistan, told reporters in Tokyo on Tuesday that Washington was considering the details of the withdrawal plan.
“We and our allies, I think, will be prepared for a continuing advisory mission, much smaller numbers than we have there today but still significant in terms of its ability to continue to improve the quality of the Afghan security forces,” Dobbins said  in the Japanese capital, where he is attending talks on supporting Afghanistan.
Dobbins says the exact size of the remaining troops will be decided in the next couple of months.

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