U.S. Troops May Stay in Afghanistan Until 2024
August 20, 2011
The United States and Afghanistan are reportedly close to signing a strategic pact that could keep thousands of U.S. troops in that country until 2024, the Daily Telegraph reports. While a withdrawal of American troops has already begun following an agreement to hand over security for the country to Kabul by the end of 2014, the new proposed deal, would keep American Special Forces and Air Force troops in addition to the military officers who are training the Afghan Army and police. Many Afghans worry they will be abandoned when the troops leave in 2014. But one senior member of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s council said the Taliban could possibly reject the deal—and it could even hurt the whole peace process. Afghanistan’s neighbors Iran and our supposed partner Pakistan are also against the deal.