US pull­out is wel­comed

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THE Tal­iban has wel­comed news of the US plan to with­draw half its troops from Afghanistan, as Afghan gen­er­als warned it would be a blow to the morale of the coun­try’s be­lea­guered se­cu­rity forces.

The an­nounce­ment seems cer­tain to com­pli­cate peace ef­forts, mostly be­cause it gives the Tal­iban lever­age by al­low­ing them to hold off un­til a to­tal US with­drawal, or step up their de­mands.

Afghanistan’s se­cu­rity forces rely heav­ily on US air power against both the Tal­iban and an up­start Is­lamic State af­fil­i­ate, and Afghan of­fi­cials noted the an­nounce­ment by the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion comes as the coun­try’s se­cu­rity is at its worst since 2014.

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