KANKASH: The Number of Residual US Troops in Afghanistan
Monday 22 September 2014

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Isaf's American commander, Gen. John Allen, has submitted to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta three scenarios calling for between 6,000 and 20,000 US troops to remain in Afghanistan after the combat mission ends in 2014.

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A contingent at the lower end of the range would focus primarily on counterterrorism activity carried out by Special Forces, while a force at the top of the range would allow for continued training of Afghan security forces and some joint operations with the Afghan military.

President Obama has made no decisions on the size of a residual force yet, but in the past White House officials have suggested the president might opt for a force of about 10,000 troops.

In this edition of Kankash, host Omid Farooq discusses topic with the following guests:

• Mohammad Aseem, member of the National Coalition Party
• Fahim Dashti, writer and journalist
• Shukria Barakzai, member of parliament

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