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Afghan President Asks US to Freeze Troop Withdrawals this Year

Newly-elected Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, center, arrives for an inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Omar Sobhani/AP

February 26, 2015  | 

Ghani said that maintaining U.S. troop strength at the current levels of about 10,600, rather than drawing down to about 5,500 at the end of 2015 under President Obama's original plan, "will give us the best chance to be able to further develop and defend ourselves."

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