American troops would remain in Afghanistan for at least another decade, says Chairman of US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker.
“The US is likely to have troops in Afghanistan for the next decade,” Corker said in an interview with NBC TV channel on Sunday.
Earlier in the week, Corker announced his plans to retire from the Senate and bob to run for reelection in 2018.
He suggested his successor would still be dealing with the issues surrounding US troops in Afghanistan in 2019.
“The entire GDP of Afghanistan cannot support even their security forces,” Corker said. “But what matters, Chuck, is what those troops are doing.”
In August, the Pentagon revealed for the first time that the total number of US troops in Afghanistan stood at 11,000. At least 2,000 were there to conduct counter-terrorism missions.
The bulk of the troops, however, are in a train, advise and assist capacity, in line with NATO mission.