POSTED: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 7:38am
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 10:33am
Washington, D.C. —
It's coming down to the wire for the Obama administration as the withdrawal of US and NATO troops approaches from Afghanistan.
And with Fort Bliss being the largest Army base in the United States, the trickle down effect may be felt all the way from Afghanistan to El Paso.
Reports say the US may even leave between 6,000 and 15,000 US troops remaining in Afghanistan. It's all depending on an assessment US top Commander General John Allen will make.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai and President Barack Obama will be meeting this Friday in the White House.
Soldiers from all over the US, including Fort Bliss, are currently in Afghanistan in a move described by the White House's Deputy National Security Advisor, Ben Rhodes, as a way to fight insurgents and train Afghan security forces. That is the same reason why some troops may be kept in their country after 20-14.
White House officials say if no agreement is made between the two countries, it could lead to a situation similar to how the US left Iraq when Iraq refused to extend legal protection for US troops resulting in the complete remove of troops from their country.