U.S. forces will soon be winding down their active military role in Afghanistan. Today, Jan. 11, 2013, AfghanistanNews.net has reported, From spring US forces will step back Obama tells Karzai. President Barack Obama said Friday at the White House during a joint news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai that American and coalition forces will move into a support role in Afghanistan from this spring.
U.S. troops will still be available for combat missions if needed, however there will be a shift in the timetable in regard to the role of U.S. forces. Obama has said Afghan soldiers "are stepping up" and U.S. forces can now step back. There remain about 66,000 U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan. Karzai said in his opening comments, "In the spring this year, the Afghan forces will be fully responsible for providing security and protection to the Afghan people."
The BBC has also reported on the winding down of the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, US troops will end 'most' Afghanistan combat this spring. U.S. President Barack Obama and Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai have agreed that U.S. troops in Afghanistan will end most combat operations this spring. President Obama has said, "Starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission-training, advising, assisting Afghan forces."