U.S. will continue military presence in Afghanistan

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U.S. will continue military presence in Afghanistan
Members of the 2,500-member national consultative council, or Loya Jirga attend the last day of their meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Afghanistan's president says he won't immediately sign a security deal with the United States, ignoring a recommendation by an assembly of Afghan elders and leaders that he do so by the end of the year. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

The U.S. will continue to have a military presence in Afghanistan after 2014. A new deal has been reached, and there will be military from the international community left in Afghanistan. The United States will continue to support the country.

Although most troops are scheduled to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, the military presence will not disappear completely, according to Reuters. A security agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan has been created. The deal means the U.S. will continue to be a part of the country.

During a large committee meeting, Afghanistan’s leaders concluded that the U.S. presence is necessary for security. However, the country must sign a new agreement to keep troops in the country. Although the deal has been decided, the signature still matters.

NATO will also remain in Afghanistan after 2014. Afghan officials claim that the uncertainty has led to serious concerns among the population. Many people believe that losing all the troops will lead to instability and more security issues. Although some want the troops to leave, others view them as protection.

A female Afghan leader shared she wants the agreement to be signed. She pointed out that many women had started to enjoy more rights during the war, and she does not want this to change. Insurgents are a threat to equality for women.

The U.S. is likely to maintain some type of military presence after 2014. However, it will be smaller than in previous years. Troops are still scheduled to leave Afghanistan, and this may not change. The presence that remains will be controlled.

The new deal is being called the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), and it has been largely approved by Afghan leaders during an assembly. Many of them recommended that the agreement be signed as soon as possible. Previously, the president of Afghanistan had wanted to wait until the elections were over in the spring. He continues to support this idea despite opposition from the United States.

Signing the Bilateral Security Agreement is a crucial final step. Without a signature, the United States has shared it will not keep troops after 2014 has passed. It does not want to wait for the elections in the spring of next year. Instead, the U.S. prefers for the agreement to be finished this year. It is offering a timeline until the end of 2013. The U.S. is also warning that aid may be affected by a delay.



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