President Obama has backed a more direct role for US troops in Afghanistan for at least another year, as war against Taliban insurgents has stretched into its 14th year.
Announcing a fresh policy during a talk at White House Rose Garden, Obama said US troops will have a much bigger role in the fight against Taliban and Al Qaeda remnants than before, ensuring presence of US military in the country for another year.
A war-struck Afghanistan is far from stable still after NATO and US forces have attempted to put an end to Taliban militancy.
President Obama apparently has made a shift in his previously-held position on the presence of US ground troops in Afghanistan, which was to see a phased draw-down of soldiers from 2014, but given how the Taliban have regained a foothold in lawless provinces across the country, the US mission will continue to fight terrorism and Al-Qaeda offshoots.
Source: New York Times