Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that the United States might want to "re-examine" the timetable for removing the remaining U.S.-led coalition troops in the country by the end of 2016 according to latest information from Reuters. President Ghani said "Deadlines concentrate the mind. But deadlines should not be dogmas," While speaking to the CBS program "60 Minutes" when asked about the issue.
Mr. Ghani added "If both parties, or, in this case, multiple partners, have done their best to achieve the objectives and progress is very real, then there should be willingness to re-examine a deadline." Also he talked about the impending threat from the Islamic State and said "because the past has shown us that threats, that networks change their form."
When the interviewer asked if he had conveyed his sentiments to the U.S. President, President Ghani said "President Obama knows me. We don't need to - to tell each other." About 13,000 foreign troops, mostly Americans, will remain in the country under a two-year mission named "Resolute Support" to train Afghan troops.
But General John Campbell who is the current supreme commander of the remainder American forces in Afghanistan said this in the same interview about the Islamic State “coming into Afghanistan like they did into Iraq. The Afghan Security Forces would not allow that."
Over the last few months the intensity of the attacks carried out by the Taliban has increased and has caused many casualties. More than 3000 people have been killed mostly civilians in 2014 making it the deadliest year on record for non-combatants, the United Nations said in a recent report. Also the Afghan security force which is around 350000 strong has not been tested yet and the fears are since they lack training and in the event full blown conflict their operational readiness has been questioned.