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Monday, 10 May 2021 08:58 GMT

Afghanistan- US May Increase Troop Numbers Before Full Withdrawal: Pentagon


(MENAFN - Daily Outlook Afghanistan) Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Friday there could be an increase in the number of troops in Afghanistan in order to complete a safe withdrawal of all foreign forces by September 11.
Addressing a press conference Friday, Kirby said: 'It is not out of the realm the possibility that for a short period of time, there will have to be some additional enabling capabilities added to Afghanistan, to help effect a safe, orderly, and deliberately planned drawdown of everybody by the president's deadline, early September.
Kirby did not however elaborate on the nature of the increase in US troops. 'I can't speak today with exactly what that would look like, how many, when they would be going in. But as we transitioned out of Iraq, of course, it's logical to assume that you may need some logistics help, maybe some engineering help.
'You may have to add some force protection capabilities, temporarily, just to make sure that the drawdown goes in a safe, orderly, and effective way. Again, we'll know more as we get closer, but that would not be out of the realm of possibility, Kirby said. (ATN)

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