Afghan Politicians Split On U.S. Troop Withdrawal

Security a concern after President Obama announces complete withdrawal from Afghanistan by 2016.
5:27 | 05/28/14

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Transcript for Afghan Politicians Split On U.S. Troop Withdrawal
-- Out of Afghanistan President Obama vowing to pull all troops out -- By 2016. In the majority of them by the end of this year. Ending the longest war in US history but bringing mixed feelings from Afghans -- National hot spot Afghanistan. Hello everyone. New York president Obama's stated again today his plans for Afghanistan. In his commencement speech at West Point. And while many US generals are pleased that the fact that at least 9800. Troops will remain in the country until 2016. The reaction from Afghans has been mixed we are joined now by ABC's Muhammad -- and neighboring Pakistan -- our bureau in Islamabad. -- President Obama said this is the way war's -- in the 21 century are Afghans OK with this or does it worry them. -- well what Afghans want is what people in basically any country want is they want security so that they can live their lives without worrying about being bombed or being attacked when they step out their front door. Now as far as this specific troop numbers go it wasn't a complete surprise you that numbers for an interview between 90121000. That we're gonna remain in Afghanistan. The bigger question I would say for Afghans is whether or not America's gonna provide financial assistance that they've gotten used the entire Afghan economy right now runs on international don't international donations. And effectively the Afghan government has said they don't happen in their ability. To pay -- own. Afghan soldiers wants to draw down takes -- so by this time next year there could be potentially over a 100000 Afghan soldiers who aren't getting paid. So the big question is not you know how this war will wind down -- United States. In the sense of Afghanistan instinct secure because -- risen aren't there to big question is whether again -- will be getting paid and certainly pay enough to continue doing what they're doing. Tell me a little bit about the peace deal that includes US president in Afghanistan beyond 2014. What if that's not signed or agreed upon. All of the indications are that it is going to be signed -- and leading presidential candidates. A man by the name -- I trust -- who by the way is spent decades in the United States. Any other candidate doctor Abdul dual. They've both said quite clearly that -- want to American troops to stay on the ground they've both said very clearly that they will sign this new security deal with the United States. In fact I trust god. Who by the way you still live at New York's upper west side. That's sort of gives you that you just how much of an American life that he lived. He -- -- -- this -- within one week of taking office so there's no doubt that the Afghans want this deal in place and that they want the American the American troops to stay on the -- And what do the presidential candidate think of president Obama's decision a day after President Obama announced -- withdraw. A car from the US consulate with attacked. Sure -- any you know this just reinforces the fact that Afghanistan is not going to be perfectly safe country the president alluded it. Alluded to that debris -- Afghanistan is not going to be a perfect place. But it's not America's job to make the perfect place at a Afghans understand is very well you know America is paid the price Afghanistan in blood sweat and tears. And and you know so many American soldiers have died there. And I think there's a widespread recognition that it's time. For Americans to leave the Afghans recognize this. What what the big question now is whether or not the Taliban. We'll see this as you know another. Another opportunity for them to launch more attacks the Taliban came out today by the -- nations and they didn't put -- a statement saying that they will continue to fight. Even if there's just one American soldier on the ground -- will continue their fight so it's not like the Taliban. Have been -- The question is are they still able to pull off bold and major attacks in the capital as well as other major cities and and that's question that in the C. Played out over the summer now that the fighting season has begun. And then given the recent violence leading up to the election are Afghans also worried about their security can Afghan forces. Protect them. Shura meeting and again this goes back to -- just saying there's a big question mark as to whether or not Afghan security forces are able to protect their own people. General Joseph Donald Byrd who is the top US commander in Afghanistan came -- and he said we've been training Afghans for the better part of two years. I can -- based on my own experience two years ago the Afghan army was nowhere near as prepared as they are now. Two years ago they were fighting amongst each other they didn't have weapons they -- have armor did you know how to carry out missions. That's completely different today they are now decided -- missions they're planning their -- nations. And it's it's a rare occasion actually where they call -- American ground -- air support so they are defending the country much better than they used to. And hopefully that trajectory -- status and -- they'll continue to protect the country once American forces withdraw. ABC's -- mile from our bureau in Islamabad thank you for joining us. You can keep up with the story in real time by downloading the ABC news that the star in this story for exclusive updates on the go you've been watching international hot spot I'm Michelle -- in New York.

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