Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Amnesty warns of 'horrific' violence in Cameroon's anglophone regions

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Maduro: Let them eat steak

Read more

THE DEBATE

Syria: Russia and Israel seek to avoid spiral over plane downing

Read more

FOCUS

Mexico's seaweed invasion: Disaster or opportunity?

Read more

ENCORE!

Joaquin Phoenix: 'Jacques Audiard is unique, even among French directors'

Read more

ACCESS ASIA

Iwao Hakamada, the Japanese boxer still fighting... for his life

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Should supermodels' catwalk strut be protected by copyright?

Read more

PERSPECTIVE

Child development: Inside a child's incredible brain

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

US hits China with trade tariffs on $200bn of goods

Read more

Asia-pacific

US to leave 10,000 troops in Afghanistan past 2014

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2012-11-26

Some 10,000 US troops will remain in Afghanistan after NATO combat operations end at the end of 2014, US media reports said Sunday. The plan is in line with recommendations from General John Allen, commander of ISAF forces in Afghanistan.

The administration of President Barack Obama aims to keep around 10,000 US troops in Afghanistan after formal combat operations in that country end in 2014, The Wall Street Journal reported late Sunday.

Citing unnamed senior US officials, the newspaper said the plan was in line with recommendations presented by General John Allen, commander of US and international forces in Afghanistan, who has proposed a force between 6,000 and 15,000 US troops.

This force will conduct training and counterterrorism operations after the NATO mission in Afghanistan formally concludes at the end of 2014, the report said.

About 67,000 US troops are currently deployed in Afghanistan alongside 37,000 coalition troops and 337,000 local soldiers and police that make up the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).

The United States and Afghanistan launched crucial talks on November 15 on the status of US forces remaining in Afghanistan after the NATO withdrawal of combat troops in 2014.

The US has stressed that it is not seeking permanent bases in Afghanistan. It is also considered likely to shy away from a security guarantee, which would require it to come to the nation's assistance against aggressors.

That, however, is seen as one of the targets of Afghan negotiators.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is said to be willing to accept a US troop presence post-2014 as long as his key demands are met.

According to the Journal, his main request is that American forces come under the jurisdiction of Afghan courts.

However, the paper said, some defense analysts outside of the US government believe that the training and counterterrorism mission would require a much larger US presence -- perhaps as many as 30,000 troops.

(AFP)

 

Date created : 2012-11-26

  • USA

    Resignation of CIA chief Petraeus stuns Washington

    Read more

  • FRANCE / AFGHANISTAN

    France ends final Afghan combat mission

    Read more

  • AFGHANISTAN

    Afghan ‘insider’ attack marks 2,000 US troop deaths

    Read more

COMMENT(S)