U.S. troops will be in Afghanistan at least 10 years, - american chairman

Mon, 02.10.2017 10:22

American troops will remain in Afghanistan for at least another decade, said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Sunday.

"But are we likely to have troops in Afghanistan for the next decade? Sure," Corker said in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd aired on Sunday.

Todd noted that when Corker was reelected a decade ago there were troops in that country. Corker announced earlier this week he plans to retire from the Senate and won't be running for reelection next year. Todd suggested his successor will still be dealing with the issues surrounding U.S. troops in Afghanistan in 2019.

"The entire GDP of Afghanistan cannot support even their security forces," Corker said. "But what matters, Chuck, is what those troops are doing."

The Pentagon unveiled for the first time in August the total number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan stood at 11,000. It said at least 2,000 were there to conduct counter-terrorism missions.

The bulk of the troops, however, are there to support a multi-national force under the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to back the support mission in Afghanistan.

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Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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