Trump clears way for troop increase in Afghanistan

by International | 22-08-2017 | 352 views

Wasington: US President Donald Trump opened the door to an increase in U.S troop numbers in Afganistan on Monday night as part of a new strategy for the region , arguing against a hasty withdrawal from America’s longest military conflict. Trump, in a prime-time television said his new approach was aimed at preventing Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for terrorists bent on attacking the united states. He also laid out a tougher approach to U.S policy towards Pakistan.

"My original instinct was to pull out," he said in his speech, but added that he was convinced by his national security advisers to strengthen the U.S. ability to prevent the Taliban from ousting the U.S. backed government in Kabul.

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