Joint Chiefs of Staff chair on Afghanistan: ‘Not with the ‘withdraw’ word, now’

nearvideo General Dunford: We want peace and stability for the people of Afghanistan

The Minister of defense Mark Esper, and General Joseph Dunford to hold a press conference about the possibility of the withdrawal of the ISAF troops from Afghanistan.

Marine Corps, Gen. Joe Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Wednesday it is too early to speak about a full withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.

“I’m not with the ‘withdrawal’ word now,” Dunford said about the almost 18-year-old war. “It is our judgment that the Afghans need support in order to deal with the level of violence” in the country today.

To be the United States and the Taliban seemed to be approaching a business, in which US forces were to withdraw, in exchange for guarantees that Afghanistan would not become a haven for other terrorist groups.


About 14,000 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan, especially advice and support to the Afghan armed forces and the implementation of the Anti-terrorist operations against the ISIS terror network in the Afghan partners and other extremist groups, including Al-Qaeda.

Dunford said a peace agreement would be on the security on the ground. He noted Afghan forces are not yet able to secure the country without the help of allies, and it was not yet clear when they would be.


“We don’t want to said can in Afghanistan to be a sanctuary from the home threatened to be,” Dunford. “We want peace and stability for the Afghan people.”


US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has to agree to prioritize always the Taliban, intra-Afghan talks and a permanent ceasefire. But the Taliban continue to have the side line of the Kabul government, which they have dismissed as a US puppet, and have not agreed to a permanent ceasefire.

The Taliban have kept up a near daily rate of fatal attacks, despite holding several rounds of talks with Khalilzad since his appointment almost a year ago. The Taliban control about half in Afghanistan and in their strongest since their government was overthrown in the 2001 US-led invasion. if the US-led invasion to overthrow their government.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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