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No need to increase int’l troops in Afghanistan: MoD

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Tuesday reiterated that the Afghan security forces were ready to defend any kind of attack by anti-government elements, and said there is no need for increasing number of foreign troops in the country.

Radio Azadi quoted the head of MoD operation, Afzal Aman, as saying that there is no need to review withdrawal policy of international troops from Afghanistan.

“The change in role of NATO from combat mission to the Resolute Support mission is acceptable for us, and we are ready to defend militants independently. But the revising of withdrawal plan and increasing of international troops in Afghanistan is not needed at the moment,” he said.

As per the security deals signed between Afghanistan and US, a number of foreign troops will remain in Afghanistan until 2024, but President Obama recently said that the American troops would leave Afghanistan at the end of 2016.

Member of the parliament, Ali Akbar Qasimi, said the US has not entered Afghanistan for bringing peace here; the main reason of war in the country is presence of American troops in Afghanistan. “They have invaded Afghanistan to bring security but after 13 years of their presence, we see no signs of security in the country,” he said as quoted by Radio Azadi.

As per the bilateral security agreement aka BSA and Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) signed between Kabul and Washington, nearly 10,000 troops will remain in Afghanistan until 2014. The troops will train and advise the Afghan security forces as part of the Resolute Support mission.

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