Trump's flip-flop: U.S. says it won't pull out Afghan troops

Aug 22, 2017, 5:08 AM EDT
U.S. President Donald Trump pledged withdrawal of Afghan troops during campaign.
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In a U-turn from his campaign pledges, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that the U.S. troops will not be withdrawn from Afghanistan, adding that a hasty exit of forces would give terrorist groups, such as Islamic State and al-Qaeda, an opportunity to rebuild.

Trump’s televised addressed, bereft of any specific details on the expansion of military presence in the turbulent country, also slammed Pakistan for providing “safe havens” to extremist outfits, writes the BBC.

A stubborn Taliban insurgency, weak Kabul government and a lack of clear sight or specific parameters for success in Afghanistan are key challenges that Trump faces as plans to step up military engagement in the Asian state, notes Reuters

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