U.S. Creates Blueprint for Finishing Afghan Combat Mission
November 15, 2010
(ChattahBox U.S. News)—-Critics of American security forces in Afghanistan have sought concrete proof that the U.S. government will begin to pull back those troops, and the Obama administration is set to provide that assurance, the New York Times reports. A new plan indicates that the U.S. will start to shift security duties to Afghan forces over the next 18 to 24 months, and that Afghanis are expected to take over completely by 2014.
Acknowledging that the proposed pullout follows a similar transition to what the troops have done in Iraq, officials noted that any changes in Afghanistan will be based on the readiness of security forces there, and that no security transfers will take place if Afghan forces aren’t prepared. Afghan’s President Hamid Karzai has put pressure on the American government to begin U.S. troop withdraw, noting that he’d prefer for American soldiers to stick to their bases while Afghan troops handle the actual security, the Times reports.
Currently, about 30,000 American soldiers are part of the Afghanistan surge. The U.S. will present its four-year plan at a NATO summit meeting in Lisbon this week, the New York Times notes.