World: Deadline to Withdraw Troops Extended

A number of years ago, President Obama pledged to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by 2016, but his new U.S. Defense Secretary, Ashton Carter, said the White House is considering extending U.S. troop presence beyond that date. “Our priority now is to make sure this progress sticks. That is why President Obama is considering a number of options to reinforce our support for President Ghani’s security strategy, including possible changes to the timeline for our drawdown of U.S. troops,” Carter said. The announcement was made during a trip to Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, his first trip as U.S. Defense Secretary. “Deadlines concentrate the mind. But deadlines should not be dogmas,” said Afghani President Ashraf Ghani in a “60 Minutes” interview. He continued: “If both parties or, in this case, multiple partners, have done their best to achieve the objectives and progress is very real, then there should be willingness to re-examine a deadline.”

Contributor: Phoebe Roe

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