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Decision soon on troop pullout from Afghanistan: Kerry

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, said that President Barack Obama would decide soon the level of US troops in Afghanistan.

President Obama is on the right track, Kerry told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing. However he added that decision regarding pullout plan from Afghanistan would be decided shortly. “Discussions are underway with respect to the adjustment on the troop,” he said.

Responding to a question asked by Senator Thad Cochran, the US secretary of state said that Washington is reconsidering its decision on complete troops’ pullout from Afghanistan by the end of 2016 based on repeated requests by President Ashraf Ghani.

This comes as the US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter had visited Afghanistan soon after he sworn in. Meeting Afghan leaders, American troops and commanders, Carter said that drawdown plan of US troops would be discussed in further details during President Ghani’s visit to the US next month.

“We want to make sure that Afghans themselves are able to preserve the environment,” Carter said after receiving briefings from military commanders on progress in training of Afghan Security Forces in Kandahar province.

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