President Barack Obama delivered news on Thursday that he will not be withdrawing troops from Afghanistan until at least the end of his presidency in 2017. In a statement given from the White House Obama said he did not support the idea of ‘’endless war” but believes the presents of the U.S. in Afghanistan is a big part of building their future as well as keeping the U.S. safe. Obama states, ‘’I will not allow Afghanistan to be used as safe haven for terrorists to attack our nation again.”
There are currently 9,800 troops in Afghanistan and Obama did announce that the number of troops would drop to 5,500 by the end of 2016. But there is no set date for when the decrease in troops would happen, it would most likely be left up to the next president.
Although the president vowed to end two wars before the end of his presidency his administration knew there could be changes to the plan. This has been the longest war for the U.S. lasting for 14-years.
The Obama administration says The Taliban are running rampant and are spreading through more parts of the country, they seized the city of Kunduz for two weeks. White House Officials told reporters that American soldiers in Afghanistan will keep training and advising Afghan forces against terrorist operations and others will search for militants from the Islamic state and other rebel groups that have found a haven in Afghanistan.