Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton has on Thursday given president Barrack Obama support based on his decision to leave 5,500 troops in Afghanistan when he leaves the white House in 2017.
Clinton stated this on Friday during an interview with CNN that Obama’s decisions are example of “a leader who has strong convictions about what he would like to see happen but also pays attention to what’s going on in the real world.”
The president had initially planned to keep only a small U.S. military presence in Afghanistan by the end of his presidency. But military leaders have said the Afghans need more support from the U.S. to fight the Taliban and maintain progress made during the past 14 years.
Clinton also stated during the interview that the U.S. wants to bring its troops home and “we certainly don’t want them engaged in on-the-ground combat. We want them to help support and train the Afghan army.”
“So I can’t predict where things will be in January of 2017. But I support the president’s decision,” she said.
Clinton who negotiated with then-Afghan President Hamid Karzai on a bilateral security agreement towards the closing end of her tenure that would have set the legal parameters for the residual force to stay in Afghanistan. She said she was surprised when Karzai refused to sign the agreement.
Source : Fox News