Obama: 8,400 Troops to Remain in Afghanistan

posted by Michael Martinez July 6, 2016 0 comments
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On Wednesday, President Obama said that 8,400 troops will remain in Afghanistan when his term ends in January — 5,500 more than the president had previously promised. 

In a statement at the White House, the president cited increasing instability in the region as a key factor in determining the need for an increase in military presence.

However, this goes against the very platform upon which President Obama was elected in 2008. At the time, Obama was outspoken about the need to decrease military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan in the hopes of winding down the wars taking place there. However, the president stated in a statement given in October of last year that he ended the America’s role in combat in Afghanistan, though the security concerns continue.

Obama explained that,

“The Taliban remains a threat. They’ve gained ground in some places.”

In this respect, the president has justifiably assessed the risk of increasing Taliban control in Afghanistan. Reuters reports that,

“Taliban forces now hold more territory in Afghanistan than any time since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion, according to recent United Nations estimates.”

However, Taliban forces are not the only threat in the region. CBS News reports that the Haqqani network, as well as al Qaeda, and ISIS have also appeared there — continuing to fuel concern about the stability of the nation.

President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, praised the decision on Twitter early Wednesday:


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