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We are killing terrorists, - Trump
12:30, 22 August 2017
We are killing terrorists, - Trump

Trump rules out Afghan troops withdrawal, because “a hasty US withdrawal from Afghanistan would leave a vacuum for terrorists to fill”

12:30, 22 August 2017

 

Reuters

Trump is setting out a new strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia The U.S. President said that in his televised address to troops at Fort Myer in Virginia, the New York Times reported.

“It’s depressing that 16 years after the U.S. intervened in Afghanistan, the Taliban is not only still alive, but ascendant,” Trump said.

Related: ISIS leader killed in Afghanistan, - Pentagon

“We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan. Their government has zero appreciation. Let's get out!”

"We are not nation building again. We are killing terrorists," the U.S. President said.

Trump has decisively rejected a total withdrawal. He also has properly rebuffed hare-brained suggestions — advanced by former strategist Steve Bannon — that he entrust much of the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan to private contractors. Instead, the U.S. will use American troops — to be increased from 8,400 to approximately 12,000 — to train and assist Afghan forces while pressing Pakistan to deny shelter to fighters from the Taliban and the Haqqani network.

Earlier it was reported that Trump approved the decision to send additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan.

Related: NATO plans to expand its mission in Afghanistan

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