nearvideo trump, the security officials to discuss way forward in Afghanistan
President Trump is set to top US security officials after another round of failed peace negotiations with the Taliban; Lucas Tomlinson reports.
President Trump is on ” meet Friday with top security officials on the way forward on Afghanistan, possibly in the direction of a step withdrawal point – something, the critics warn, could lead to the Taliban to take the country back.
The special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is back in the United States of the negotiations with the Taliban in Qatar, speaks he has described as “productive”. The two sides discussed an agreement in which the United States withdraws from Afghanistan, the Taliban promising to ensure that Afghanistan not become a haven for terrorists and Al-Qaeda.
US TO WITHDRAW IS PREPARING TO THOUSANDS OF TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN AS PART OF THE PROPOSED TALIBAN DEAL
The meeting in Bedminster, New Jersey, is planned for the afternoon, and is expected to be accompanied by a series of Cabinet officials, including Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, sources told Fox News.
The Washington Post reported that the proposed plan could reduce the number of troops in the country from approximately 14,000 to 8-9,000 – that would be almost the same as when Trump entered office in 2017.
However, a senior administration official told reporters that the meeting was “routine.”
Trump announced a 4,000-troop increase in August 2017, as part of efforts to break the stalemate in the country. Trump ran his 2016-to bring campaign partly on a platform, troops home from foreign conflicts.
“Well, I don’t want to say that, if you can be trusted or not,” Trump said earlier this month, when asked whether the Taliban can be trusted. “Look, the story, I would say, is not so good, but they don’t like us much either. But we brought them down; we have the number of the soldiers very clearly. You come to the bottom. We are talking with them. We have a lot of advantages, make a deal with us. “
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The United States pressed for a cease-fire and a framework for inter-Afghan talks, but so far the rebels have refused, the Afghan government, by you as a US puppet.
But there are fears that such a deal would hand the country to the Taliban. The group staged attacks on an almost daily basis since the negotiations began, the mainly of troops and government officials, but have also killed civilians.
To control it, “trust in the Taliban, Al Qaeda, ISIS and other radical Islamist groups in Afghanistan, as a replacement for a U.S. counter-terrorism force would be a bigger mistake than Obama, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., said the Iranian nuclear deal,” in a statement.
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The US Invasion of the country in the Wake of the 9/11 attacks in 2001, and the country plunged into an 18-year commitment, the longest in the history of the United States. It has killed more than 2,000 American troops and injured more than 20,000 and a cost of almost a trillion dollars since 2001.
The Taliban are at their strongest since the US-led invasion to the fall of your five-year government in the year 2001, after the group had harbored Al-Qaeda Laden-leader Osama bin.
Fox News’ John Roberts, Rich Edson, Jon Decker, Matt Leach, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.