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Ashton Carter: US to Maintain Financial Commitment, Force Presence in Afghanistan

Ashton Carter
Ashton Carter

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told reporters in Kabul that the U.S. will continue its financial support for Afghanistan’s security forces as well as retain U.S. military presence in the country through 2017, DoD News reported Wednesday.

Karen Parrish writes Carter met with the Afghan leaders including President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah to discuss U.S. commitments to the country.

Carter added NATO partners at the Warsaw Summit also reaffirmed their support to Afghan forces through financial aid and commitment to the Operation Resolute Support, Parrish reports.

The defense secretary said the U.S. aims to retain 8,400 U.S. troops in the region to train, advise and assist Afghan forces and support counterterrorism operations.

President Barack Obama also granted additional force deployment flexibility in the area, the report said.

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