Press Esc to close
Tuesday 21 April 2015
News updated at 10:55 PM IST
Weather
Max: 33.4°C
Min : 21.6°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

'Obama to indicate post-2014 US troop level in Afghan'

Washington, Feb 12, 2013 (PTI)

US President Barack Obama may indicate the number of US troops to be maintained in Afghanistan post-2014 and the pace of the drawdown of soldiers from the war-torn country in an address to the Congress.

On the eve of his important State of the Union Address, informed sources familiar with the White House deliberations told PTI that US President was weighing in favour of a troop level between 3,000 and 9,000 by end of 2014, when the US-led international forces are scheduled to hand over the country's security to Afghan forces.

This is said to be the lowest range of the three options recommended by the General John Allen, the former Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Allen, who handed over his Afghan command on Sunday, is understood to have submitted his recommendations to the White House last month.

Informed sources, however cautioned that Obama has not taken a final decision, which has been kept on his table but there was high probability that the US President in his State of the Union Address could indicate his much awaited decision on Afghanistan by tomorrow.

It is understood that Obama would simultaneously seek commitment from NATO and other allies countries of an equal number of troop that the US would commit itself to be present in Afghanistan after 2014.

Notably, Afghan President Hamid Karzai in his joint press conference with Obama in early January had said it is up to the US to decide on the number of troops that it would like to have in his country.

Currently there are 60,000 US troops in Afghanistan.

"The United States and all ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) partners are currently considering the post-2014 troop levels in Afghanistan. In addition, they are deciding what pace the drawdown will take," former Afghan Ambassador to the US Said T Jawad told PTI in an interview.
"Both of these decisions and the announcement of these figures tomorrow will be momentous for Afghanistan and its people," Jawad said.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Tribute to JB Pattanaik

Tribute to JB Pattanaik

Galina Gorlova stands outside her destroyed home as she speaks to neighbours in the village of Nikis

Galina Gorlova stands outside her destroyed home as she speaks to neighbours in the village of Nikis

Atletico Madrid's coach Simeone attends a news conference in Madrid

Atletico Madrid's coach Simeone attends a news conference in Madrid

Pal community mass marriage ceremony

Pal community mass marriage ceremony

Indian students take part in a fitness program in Ahmedabad

Indian students take part in a fitness program in Ahmedabad

One World Trade Center stands in Lower Manhattan,

One World Trade Center stands in Lower Manhattan,

People buy gold on the occassion of Akshaya Tritiya

People buy gold on the occassion of Akshaya Tritiya

People flee Sanaa with their belongings after an air strike hit a nearby army weapons depot

People flee Sanaa with their belongings after an air strike hit a nearby army weapons depot

An F/A-18C Hornet launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt

An F/A-18C Hornet launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt

People take part in the Color Run near the Eiffel Tower, in Paris

People take part in the Color Run near the Eiffel Tower, in Paris

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523