(Image Source: Al Jazeera)

BY JOHN O’CONNOR

ANCHOR JASMINE BAILEY

White House officials have raised the possibility of withdrawing all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 for the first time. CNN has more.

“According to White House officials, the administration was considering leaving up to 15,000 troops behind to fight insurgents and train Afghan security forces. But now, the president is said to be open a scenario that involves a total pullout.” 

According to NBC News, a security advisor told reporters Tuesday that the White House would consider a “zero option” because “the U.S. does not have an inherent objective of X number of troops in Afghanistan.” 

The New York Times reports the White House is also considering options ranging from 3,000 to 9,000 troops. But retired four-star General Jack Keane tells Fox News leaving such few forces would be borderline irresponsible. 

“That force would be relatively ineffective in supporting the Afghan ground forces the way they need support. These options will not be able to fulfill and meet our obligations.” 

An Afghan member of Parliament agrees, telling Al Jazeera that the U.S. should leave at least 20,000 U.S. troops to defend Afghans from terrorist organizations such as Al Qaeda.  

“I believe quality and quantity both should go parallel, and that diplomatic policy should also be exist within the country for bringing security.” 

But according to The Guardian, Afghan President Hamid Karzai blames the U.S. for much of the problems and violence the country currently faces.

“ … the Afghan leader is said to want an end to US military operations in villages, as well as protection from militants based across the border with Pakistan … Kabul has accused the US of fostering corruption by giving funding directly to warlords.” 

Karzai is schedule to scheduled to meet with both U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama at the White House on Friday. 

U.S. Considers Complete Afghanistan Withdrawal After 2014

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Jan 9, 2013

U.S. Considers Complete Afghanistan Withdrawal After 2014

 

(Image Source: Al Jazeera)

BY JOHN O’CONNOR

ANCHOR JASMINE BAILEY

White House officials have raised the possibility of withdrawing all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 for the first time. CNN has more.

“According to White House officials, the administration was considering leaving up to 15,000 troops behind to fight insurgents and train Afghan security forces. But now, the president is said to be open a scenario that involves a total pullout.” 

According to NBC News, a security advisor told reporters Tuesday that the White House would consider a “zero option” because “the U.S. does not have an inherent objective of X number of troops in Afghanistan.” 

The New York Times reports the White House is also considering options ranging from 3,000 to 9,000 troops. But retired four-star General Jack Keane tells Fox News leaving such few forces would be borderline irresponsible. 

“That force would be relatively ineffective in supporting the Afghan ground forces the way they need support. These options will not be able to fulfill and meet our obligations.” 

An Afghan member of Parliament agrees, telling Al Jazeera that the U.S. should leave at least 20,000 U.S. troops to defend Afghans from terrorist organizations such as Al Qaeda.  

“I believe quality and quantity both should go parallel, and that diplomatic policy should also be exist within the country for bringing security.” 

But according to The Guardian, Afghan President Hamid Karzai blames the U.S. for much of the problems and violence the country currently faces.

“ … the Afghan leader is said to want an end to US military operations in villages, as well as protection from militants based across the border with Pakistan … Kabul has accused the US of fostering corruption by giving funding directly to warlords.” 

Karzai is schedule to scheduled to meet with both U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama at the White House on Friday. 

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