On Tuesday, March 24, President Obama announced he will delay the withdrawal of military troops in Afghanistan after a meeting with Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani.
The delay of returning troops through 2015 will be “well worth it,” said President Obama as he spoke about returning troops have to rotate back to Afghanistan for “just a few months.” The intention of Mr. Obama is to continue counter-terrorism in Afghanistan while the countries own military groups receive proper training and gain a better foothold on power.
For such a mountainous country, Afghanistan does not yet have technology advanced enough to properly maintain air control in order to combat remaining Al Qaeda, Islamic State, and Taliban efforts. Mr. Obama said, “we want to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to help Afghan security forces succeed.”
President Ghani made a valiant, and somewhat successful effort, to repair the reputation of Afghanistan during this same meeting. It seems some Afghan leaders have taken for granted American aid in the past decade. “He promised that Afghanistan would reciprocate by building a government that could stand on its own economically, socially and militarily.”
President Ghani expressed his appreciation for American efforts saying, “you stood should to shoulder with and I’d like to say thank you. I would also like to thank the American taxpayer for his and her hard-earned dollars that has has enabled us.”
[The author of this blog post, Abigail Nemeth, found this information in a NY Times article entitled, “Obama Says U.S. Will Delay Afghan Withdrawal to Aid Drone Strikes” published March 25, 2015.]