The Afghan government has welcomed the announcement that President Barack Obama will withdraw 34 thousand troops next year.
“We welcome this. We will take all security responsibility by the end of 2013,” said Defence Ministry spokesman General Mohammad Zahir Azimi.
As quoted by AFP, Azimi said Afghan forces are ready to replace the presence of U.S. Troops.
Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai has long supported the withdrawal of U.S Army Troops on schedule and NATO by the end of 2014.
According to him, Afghanistan troops were able to take responsibility for the fight against Taliban guerrillas.
Obama said, withdrawals will continue until next year at the end of the war in Afghanistan will end.
Meanwhile, the Taliban called the withdrawal of the troops was not enough. “The problem will not be completed by reducing or increasing the number of troops,” said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.
“During the invasion force remains in Afghanistan, the jihad (holy war) continues to progress. The problem is finished with the withdrawal of the occupation forces and the return of the overarching Afghanistan to Afghanistan people. ”
Obama’s move effectively halving the number of U.S. soldiers that 66 thousand were in Afghanistan. While NATO troops prepared to hand over control of security operations in Afghanistan security forces 352 thousand by the end of 2014.
NATO has about 40 thousand soldiers in Afghanistan will also withdraw their troops gradually before the end of 2014.