Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Trump Undecided On Committing More US Troops To Afghanistan

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham warns Trump: Removing troops from Afghanistan could 'set stage for next 9/11' Lindsey Graham: Ending Afghanistan War Could Mean Another 9/11
Dexter Carr | 20 August, 2017, 02:17

Taking to Twitter on Saturday, President Trump declared that a decision has been made on the Afghanistan War following yesterday's Camp David meeting.

Mr. Trump had disapproved of the plan that Defence Secretary James Mattis and National Security Adviser H.R McMaster had drawn up for Afghanistan, which would have increased the U.S troop presence in the country, open-ended.

Trump is frustrated that the U.S.is losing war in Afghanistan, is now considering to replace Gen. John Nicholson, who has been commander of USA forces in Afghanistan since March 2016.In February, Nicholson was the first to call the war a stalemate and said he needed a few thousand more troops to break it.

Recently fired White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon pushed for a plan outlined Academi, a private security firm once branded as Blackwater, to rely on mercenaries in Afghanistan instead of active duty U.S. service members. The Wgite House said after the the Camp David huddle the president was still weighing his options on Afghanistan.

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"Important day spent at Camp David with our very talented Generals and military leaders". However, she did not say or indicate if any decisions were taken. " Before the Tweet, reports out of Washington suggested nothing had been decided at all during the meeting". Prince wants to replace US forces in Afghanistan with contractors who would be paid to train Afghan forces and help them fight the Taliban.

About 1,600 words long letter drew attention of U.S. President saying that pulling out of Afghanistan would "truly deliver American troops from harm's way" and bring about "an end to an inherited war".

Meanwhile, Senator Lindsay Graham, in a statement, urged the US President not to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.

Military and intelligence officials are concerned that a withdrawal or reduced presence of US forces would enable the Taliban to win the current standoff and would allow Al-Qaeda and a regional affiliate of the Islamic State extremist group to use Afghanistan once again as a base for plotting attacks on the United States and its allies.

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