US Troops To Stay In Afghanistan After War’s End

Barack Obama will seek to keep 9,800 US troops in Afghanistan after the war formally ends later this year, senior administration officials have said.

The president is expected to announce the post-war plans from the White House Rose Garden later on Tuesday.

The proposal calls for nearly all of the remaining US forces to be out by the end of 2016, as Mr Obama finishes his second term, officials said.

The two-year plan is contingenton the Afghan government signing a bilateral security agreement with the US.

Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign the agreement, but US officials are confident that either of the candidates seeking to replace him will approve the pact.

Word of the plan comes just days after Mr Obama’s surprise visit to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, where he met with military commanders.

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27 May 2014 | 5:24 pm – Source: orange.co.uk
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