I told ya so Sports Fans. Just like during Iraq, I mentioned
that we may be leaving, but we aint leaving. We may “reduce” troops in
Afghanistan in 2014 but the Gov plans on us to be there for some time. How
long, My bet is another 5years at least.
Hmmm perhaps some of these fellas
will still be there when I do combat deployment 6,7….8? Regardless whatever you
thought was going to happen with us “leaving” in 2014, they fooled ya!
Did you really think we were simply going to go…”hey its
2014, well we got to go home”…Cmon, man! We will continue the “team building”
there as mentors for along time.
FYI – current number of deaths in Afg (US only) 2160
Time for a CGar
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.
By News Wires (text)
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
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.