The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said he is starting to consider how many of the roughly 10,000 U.S. troops deployed there might come home next year.
“Every day, we are assessing that,” Army Gen. John Campbell said Tuesday in remarks at the Brookings Institution in Washington.
“I owe back to my senior leadership at the end of the fighting season [this fall] an assessment of where we are and where I think we go in the future, and based on that, we will make some decisions about where we are in 2016 and beyond,” said Campbell, commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan and Operation Resolute Support, as the Afghanistan mission is known.
In March, President Obama said he would slow the pace of the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Initially the White House plan called for cutting the current force of 10,000 in half by 2016. But Obama backed away from that milestone and signaled some or all of those 10,000 might stay next year.