President Barack Obama on Thursday declared that U.S forces will stay put in Afghanistan at their current levels for the greater part of 2016.
He maintained that he had no regrets making the announcement that moves for the withdrawal is now put on hold. President Obama posited that he has the responsibility to effect necessary adjustments in view of the events on the ground.
President Obama also announced that the formal combat mission in Afghanistan has ended, with an addition that he is a president who does “not support the idea of endless war.”
According to the U.S President, “The troop’s mission will remain the same, to train and support Afghan security forces and carry out counterterrorism operations. The Afghan government and its security forces are now fully responsible for securing their country.
“While America’s combat mission in Afghanistan may be over, our commitment to Afghanistan and its people endures. As commander in chief, I will not allow Afghanistan to be used as a safe haven for terrorists to attack our nation again.”
Obama explained that the decision to maintain 9,800 troops in Afghanistan until late 2016 came sequel to several months of discussions with Afghanistan’s president, Ashraf Ghani, and the nation’s Chief Executive Officer, Abdullah Abdullah.
He also said he consulted with U.S. military commanders on the ground in Afghanistan as well as his entire national security team to arrive at the decision.