WASHINGTON — A new assessment of Afghanistan's future says the country could revert to a terrorist haven unless U.S. and international partners underwrite a larger — and more expensive — Afghan security force than is currently planned beyond 2014.
The study released Thursday also concludes that this larger force and the government ministries to support it will require international trainers and advisers at least through 2018.
U.S. military commanders have recommended such a role after the withdrawal of all U.S. and NATO combat troops in December, but the Obama administration has not yet committed to it.
The study was ordered by the Congress and conducted by CNA Strategic Studies, a federally funded research group.
It describes in detail what is at stake for the United States at an important juncture of the war.