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Mil­i­tary per­plexed by Trump tweet

- Military · U.S. News · Politics · Asian Politics · Warfare and Conflicts · World Politics · Donald Trump · Afghanistan · United States of America · United States Armed Forces

The US mil­i­tary was blind­sided yes­ter­day by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s as­ser­tion that all US troops will be out of Afghanista­n by the end of the year, with US of­fi­cials say­ing they are not aware of such a plan and have no ac­tual or­der to ac­cel­er­ate the more grad­ual pull­out they’ve been ex­e­cut­ing. Trump’s com­ments, laid out in a con­fus­ing pro­gres­sion of com­ments and a tweet, alarmed Pen­tagon and State of­fi­cials who fear putting a date on troop with­drawal could un­der­cut ne­go­ti­a­tions to fi­nalise a peace deal be­tween the Tal­iban and the Afghan gov­ern­ment. They also fear a hasty with­drawal could force the US to leave be­hind sen­si­tive mil­i­tary equip­ment. And they con­tinue to stress that the Tal­iban has not met re­quire­ments to re­duce vi­o­lence against the Afghans.

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