… to protect the opium fields …
– Afghanistan Opium Harvest At Record High (BBC News)
– Afghanistan: $37 Million Aviation Facility May Have Been Used To Store OPIUM (Reuters)
– Big Oil’s Central Asian Mafia (Veterans Today)
– Afghanistan: Opium Cultivation Rose Substantially In 2012 (New York Times)
– CIA Created Afghan Heroin Trade (Veterans Today)
– Afghanistan: Is Creating A ‘Narco-State’ Considered ‘Nation-Building?’ (Veterans Today)
– Breaking News: Afghanistan – America’s ‘Total Lie War’ (Veterans Today)
‘If You Like US Troops In Your Country, You Can Keep Them”
– Obama seeks to leave 9,800 troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014 (RT, May 27, 2014):
US President Barack Obama wants to leave 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after the end of this year, a senior administration official told Reuters.
President Obama is expected to announce on Tuesday his intention to keep nearly 10,000 American troops in Afghanistan for training purposes after the war officially comes to a close later this year.
According to Reuters, the United States will look to maintain a force of 9,800 troops in the country – a number that will reportedly be cut in half by the end of 2015. By the end of Obama’s second term in 2016, the only troops expected to remain in Afghanistan would be those needed to preserve a “normal embassy presence.”
The remaining troops’ roles in the country would be reduced significantly as well, as they would stay behind to train Afghan troops and conduct special counter-terrorism operations.
As reported by the Associated Press, the plan hinges on both the US and Afghanistan coming to a mutual bilateral security agreement – something that has eluded American officials thus far. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign such an agreement, but unnamed US officials claim they are “confident” that whomever wins the country’s upcoming presidential election will agree to Obama’s proposal.
There are approximately 32,000 American troops currently in Afghanistan. That contingent would be cut down to fewer than 10,000 by the start of 2016, with troops stationed across the country. At the end of 2016, less than 1,000 troops are expected to stay behind.
The official announcement is expected to take place in the White House Rose Garden later on Tuesday.