CNBC: NATO hasn’t reached decision on whether to leave Afghanistan as deadline looms
* NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has not yet decided if the 10,000 troops it has in Afghanistan will leave the country by May. * Last February, the United States brokered a deal with the Taliban that would usher in a permanent cease-fire and see the departure of all foreign forces by May 2021. * There are about 2,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON – NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that the alliance has not yet decided if the 10,000 troops it has in Afghanistan will leave the country by May, in accordance with a peace deal brokered between the U.S. and the Taliban.
“Violence has to be reduced and the Taliban has to stop cooperating with international terrorist groups that are planning terrorist attacks in our countries,” Stoltenberg told reporters at the conclusion of a two-day virtual NATO defense ministers meeting.
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WNU Editor: They are saying officially that they have not decided. But for the entire week NATO has been signaling to everyone that they are staying.
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