'Korea-Style' US Military Presence in Afghanistan Unnecessary - US General

© REUTERS / Mohammad IsmailUS soldiers arrive at the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan May 17, 2015
US soldiers arrive at the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan May 17, 2015 - Sputnik International
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The United States will not have to maintain the level of enduring peacekeeping forces in Afghanistan as it did in South Korea or post-war Germany, US Commanding General in Afghanistan Gen. John Campbell said on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Campbell told lawmakers that the United States should continue to provide monetary support to the Afghans and training to the Afghan Security Forces (ASF), but emphasized the US objective is to "grow capability" among the Afghans.

"[In Germany] we are down to 20-30,000, in Korea we are 20-30,000 [troops]. We are nowhere near those levels in Afghanistan," Campbell told the US House of Representatives Armed Services Committee. 

In his confirmation hearing last week, Lt. Gen. John Nicholson, who has been chosen to replace Campbell, indicated his support for a US "enduring commitment" to Afghanistan.

US Marines and Gunnary Sergeant Nate Cosby (R), Staff Sergeant Josh Lacey (2nd R) and Navy Hospitalman 2 Daniel Holmberg (L) from Border Adviser Team (BAT) and Explosive Ordance Disposal (EOD) 1st and 2nd Marine Division (Forward) walk through opium poppy field at Maranjan village in Helmand province on April 25, 2011 as they take patrol with their team and Afghanistan National Police - Sputnik International
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Nicholson was questioned by lawmakers as to whether the United States should maintain an enduring military commitment in Afghanistan similar to its more than half-century presence in Germany and South Korea.

"A strategic stalemate without end is not the goal of this campaign and our men and women on the ground know that," Campbell stated.

The United States has been engaged in Afghanistan since October 2001. President Barack Obama announced in October 2014 the United States would maintain 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through 2016, a reversal of previous plans to withdraw US troops to a small embassy presence by the end of his term in office this year.

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