Washington: Pullout of US troops from Afghanistan this July will be based on the ground conditions and it will not be determined by political considerations, according to the Speaker of the US House of Representatives John Boehner.

"Any drawdown of US troops must be based on the conditions on the ground, not on political calculations," Boehner said following his just concluded visit to Afghanistan
wherein he met Afghan President Hamid Karzai and top US military leadership General David Petraeus.

"If the Obama Administration insists on beginning to draw down troops in July, it must explain how the pace and scope of such a move will not undermine the tenuous progress we’ve made thus far. To date, it has not done so," Boehner said.

Boehner led a bi-partisan Congressional delegation to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Others in the delegation included Mac Thornberry, Mike Conaway, Tom Rooney, Joe Heck, and Dan Boren.

"Our visit gave us an on-the-ground perspective of the opportunities and challenges facing our troops and civilians," Boehner said.

"While the conditions remain difficult in Afghanistan, our troops are making gains in their efforts to improve security and prevent al Qaeda and the Taliban from using the region as a safe haven from which to launch attacks on the US and our allies," he said.

"It’s also clear that there are immense challenges in building a credible government on behalf of the Afghan people.

We heard from President Karzai about his efforts to do so," he said.

"During our meeting with General Petraeus, he noted that security gains have been made in Afghanistan, but that they are fragile and reversible.


(Agencies)