Such a move 'would end' Obama's plans to bring US troops home before he leaves office on January 20, 2017, reports stated.

The White House however asserted that no such decision has been made yet.

"As the President makes these kinds of policy decisions, he certainly takes into account the conditions on the ground and the advice that he receives from our military personnel that are serving on the front lines," said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest at his daily news conference.

Responding to a question on the report, Earnest said Obama also has a responsibility to broaden his perspective and to make sure that he's considering the full range of impacts of a decision like this.

"So the President wants to look at the long-term trajectory of our presence in Afghanistan, and factor in both what our experience has been in recent years, but also how best to account for the United States' national security interests inside of Afghanistan," he said.

The reason that the US has been involved in Afghanistan, and this has been at the center of the President's strategy for Afghanistan, is making sure that Afghanistan cannot be used as a safe haven for terrorists to plot and carry out attacks against the United States or our interests around the world.

"And obviously, an important part of accomplishing that mission is improving the security situation inside of Afghanistan," he said, adding that the US continues to work closely with Afghan security forces as they try to provide for their own security.

"There are US military personnel in Afghanistan that are conducting counter-terrorism operations to protect the American people, but also continuing to offer some training and advice to Afghan security forces that are trying to secure their country," Earnest said.


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