Foreignpolicy.com reports that the U.S. State Department is in negotiations with the Afghani government to extended the presence of U.S. troops past 2014.
Marc Grossman, the State Department’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, said the negotiations will provide U.S. troop presence well past 2014, for counterterrorism operations and training and advising the Afghan security forces.
U.S. military officials are indicating that they plan to keep 25,000 American troops in Afghanistan past 2014. NATO announced Monday that it will also keep international troops in Afghanistan past 2014 to train and advise the Afghani forces.
President Obama has said the combat mission in Afghanistan will end in 2014 and the U.S. will cede control of the entire country to the Afghani government.