‘Obama may not change US troop number in Afghanistan soon’

A US official says President Barack Obama may not change the number of American troops in Afghanistan soon.

The diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Obama may not decide before a NATO summit in Poland next month whether to alter plans to nearly halve American forces in Afghanistan, Reuters reported.

A decision had been expected at or before the summit in Warsaw on July 8-9 on whether to stick to slash the 9,800 troops to 5,500 by the year’s end.

“It does not have to happen by Warsaw, but it certainly will be a topic there,” said the unnamed official.

“The size and scope of other nation contributions are a logical consideration in our decision-making.”

This is while US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is slated to go to Brussels on Monday to meet NATO counterparts, with Afghanistan expected to be high on the agenda.

Last week, Obama ordered the US military to take on the Taliban more directly and help Afghan forces battle the militant…

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