US will not abandon Afghanistan

  1. Context: Statement by US’ Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) at Atlantic Council
  2. The assassination of Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor in a drone strike last month did not indicate a change in the U.S strategy of supporting negotiations with the outfit
  3. US would be cautious about troops reductions in Afghanistan, even as the Obama administration is rethinking its earlier plan for troop reduction from 9800 to 5500 by the end of the year
  4. US would be committing three billion dollars annually until 2020 for the security and reconstruction of Afghanistan
  5. This support could not be indefinite, an abrupt and immediate disengagement was not an option.
  6. The NATO summit next month in Warsaw will demonstrate the commitment of the US and allies to secure Afghanistan
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