Huffpost Politics

Existing Afghanistan Deal Would Cover U.S. Forces Post-2014

Posted: Updated:
Print

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says al-Qaida is in "survival mode," but that if all international forces left this year, the terrorist network would regroup and use the region to plan and conduct operations against the West.

Gen. Joseph Dunford told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday that if Afghanistan signs a new bilateral security agreement, he would feel comfortable with a residual international force of between 8,000 and 12,000 troops to assist, train and advise Afghan forces. He says America would provide two-thirds of those troops and also would keep an additional several thousand forces in Afghanistan to conduct counterterrorism operations.

Dunford says that if no new security agreement is signed by fall, it would get increasingly difficult to manage a full exit of U.S. forces by year-end.

Also on HuffPost:

Close
Afghanistan War, By The Numbers
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Existing Afghan deal would cover US post-2014 - Yahoo News

U.S. Softens Deadline for Deal to Keep Troops in Afghanistan ...

Existing Afghan Deal Would Cover US Post-2014

US warns Afghanistan of complete troop pullout without security deal