US Defense Secretary Denies Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Washington, May 16 (Prensa Latina) U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates affirmed that it would be premature to speed up the withdrawal of the Pentagon´s troops from Afghanistan after Osama Bin Laden’s death.

In an interview broadcast by the CBS network Gates said it was not the right time to consider that option, and that anticipated conclusions were being made.

The high-ranking official, who will be replaced in June by the current director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Leon Panetta, responded to opinions that with Bin Laden dead, the presence of foreign troops Afghanistan is unnecessary.

President Barack Obama was evaluating plans stipulating that beginning in June, about 100,000 soldiers will leave Afghanistan.

About 140,000 troops from a U.S.-led multinational force of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are stationed there.

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