As per the statement of a senior administrative official of the U.S. on Wednesday, President Obama is inclined to consider the Afghan President Asraf Ghani’s request for slowing the pace of withdrawal of the U.S. forces from Afghanistan. The official added that in consonance with President Ghani’s request for flexibility in the timeline for troop withdrawal and closure of military base spread over the next two years, the U.S. is in active consideration for the same. Afghan President Ghani, who is scheduled to meet President Obama the next month, made it public the U.S. plan to withdraw half of its troops from Afghanistan in 2015 with a further cut in 2016. He opined that the timeline for withdrawal should not be strict and dogmatic. He preferred slow withdrawal to enable Afghan troops to prepare for the vacuum created after the U.S. withdrawal.
A U.S. led coalition ended its combat mission against Taliban after 13 years in 2014, but there are still an estimated 13000 foreign troops, mainly Americans, to train and equip the Afghan forces. Afghan forces are still fighting Taliban militants, and as per the International Committee of the Red Cross, 2014 was the most violent since the beginning of the war. In view of the circumstances, the U.S. looks for the possible ways of helping and supporting Afghanistan. The commander of the international forces in Afghanistan, John Campbell, the US General, has developed certain methods to advise, assist, and train Afghan troops to maintain their counter terrorism prowess. The U.S has already revised its plan to cut the presence of the U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and it plans to reduce the number to 5000 by the end of 2015. It also proposes to establish its normal embassy in Kabul by the end of 2016. The U.S. is agreeable to the requests of the Afghan President in connection with troop withdrawal.