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The parliament of Afghanistan approved an agreement that allows troops of the NATO-led coalition to say in the country beyond 2014. The agreement was suspended in mid-air for months, as former President Hamid Karzai refused to sign it during his term.
The new agreement, ratified Sunday, allows the ISAF to maintain a total of 12,000 troops in Afghanistan next year. After a 152-5 vote, Nazifullah Salarzai, spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, said the foreign troops will "train, advise and assist Afghan security forces."
"Afghan forces are responsible for the security and defense of the Afghan people, and in the fight against international terrorism and training of our national security forces we count on the support and assistance of our international partners," he said, AP reported.
Publicly, Washington said the US troops would not be sent into battlefield operations anymore and their engagement would be limited to training of Afghan security forces and reconnaissance missions.
A secret order extending the direct combat role for US troops was signed by President Barack Obama, according to a New York Times report.
originally posted by: CharlieSpeirs
I'm worried that hearing voices will stop me from being eligible despite the fact the voices do no control how I act.
Any Armed Force vets on ATS have any information or advice for me in that respect would be much appreciated.
I'd love to serve my Queen & Country.
Would this be best left for another thread?
I don't mind starting one of that's the case!