Obama is putting off the full withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan until the end of his presidency, supposedly to “finish the job”. However when the U.S. is funding and arming Al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria (previously Libya) we have to ask what that job actually is?
For some time now the Obama administration has been saying that the U.S. was about to begin a full withdrawal from Afghanistan; not because they wanted to, but because Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s has refused to sign a bilateral security agreement authorizing a continued U.S. presence.
However, now that both candidates on the ballot for next month’s elections in Afghanistan, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and former finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, have indicated that they will sign the accord, the full withdraw has been postponed.
Yesterday Obama announced that 9,800 U.S. troops will remain in the country, and that the full withdrawal will be rescheduled for 2016, the year he is to leave office.
According to the White House the remaining troops will be tasked with supporting Afghan forces, and with counter terrorism operations against the “remnants” of al Qaeda.