US will maintain presence in Afghanistan even if deal reached with Taliban: Trump

Published: August 29, 2019
US President Donald Trump. PHOTO: REUTERS

US President Donald Trump. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Thursday said that US troop levels in Afghanistan will drop to 8,600 if a deal is reached with the Taliban and that a permanent presence will remain.

“We’re going down to 8,600 and then we make a determination from there,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News radio. “We’re always going to have a presence.”

Trump also said that if another attack on the United States originated from Afghanistan “we would come back with a force like… never before.”

Trump underlined that there was to be no complete withdrawal, keeping a force that would provide “high intelligence”.

“You have to keep a presence,” he said. Trump says that troops will only be reduced when the Taliban gives a guarantee that its territory will not be used by al-Qaeda or other international militant groups.

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Aug 29, 2019 - 10:19PM

    There will be constant trouble in Afghanistan if these type of mood swing keep coming from Trump,still peace treaty is not signed.Recommend

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