President Obama Says 8,400 Troops Will Remain In Afghanistan
President Obama held a press conference this morning updating the media on the situation in Afghanistan. He said approximately 8,400 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan until the end of his administration in early 2017.
“Our forces are now focused on two narrow missions: training and advising Afghan forces and supporting counterterrorist operations against the remnants of Al-Qaeda as well as other terrorist groups including ISIL,” he said.
Obama said the United States and a collation force of 41 “allies and partners” are helping with the dangerous mission in Afghanistan. “The security situation in Afghanistan remains precarious,” he said.
“Even as they improve, Afghan security forces are still not as strong as they need to be. With our help, they’re still working to improve critical capabilities such as intelligence, logistics, aviation and command and control,” he said.
He referred to Afghanistan as one of the poorest nations in the world and one that is targeted by terrorist organizations such as the Taliban. “Given the enormous challenges they face, the Afghan people will need the partnership of the world, led by the United States, for many years to come,” he said.