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Having goof discussions with Taliban: Trump

Having goof discussions with Taliban: Trump

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19 Sep 2020 - 08:29
Having goof discussions with Taliban: Trump
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19 Sep 2020 - 08:29

KABUL to less than 4,000 in the next couple of weeks.

“Very shortly, we’ll be down to less than 4,000 soldiers.  And so we’ll be out of there, knowing that certain things have to happen,” the US leader told a news conference at the White House on Friday.  

In a read-out of the news briefing, he made clear certain things had to be done before the planned drawdown.  Without giving a specific date for lowering troop levels, he called 19 years of war in Afghanistan a long time.

“We’re having some very good discussions with the Taliban, as you probably heard.  It’s been public … And so we’ll be out of there,” Trump said of the ongoing intra-Afghan dialogue in Doha.

He insisted the US was dealing “very well” with the Taliban, hailing the insurgent group as tough and smart. “They’re very sharp.  But it’s been 19 years, and even they are tired of fighting.” 

With an eye on re-election in early November, the president wants to end America’s longest war. Last week, peace talks finally began between Kabul and the Taliban in the capital of Qatar.

PAN Monitor/mud

 

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