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.