Trump to unveil Afghanistan war strategy

US President Donald Trump is expected to indicate later that he is sending more troops to Afghanistan, prolonging a war-weary America’s longest conflict.

In his first prime-time speech on a specific policy issue, the Republican leader will address the nation at 21:00 local time (01:00 GMT).

He said he had reached a decision after reviewing war options with his national security team at Camp David.

Mr Trump once called for a full US pullout from Afghanistan.

He announced a strategic review soon after taking office in January.

He will deliver his first major national security address at a military base next to Arlington National Cemetery, where many of the 2,200 US troops who have died fighting over 16 years of war in Afghanistan are buried.

Mr Trump is also expected to outline a more aggressive US counter-terrorism policy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Earlier this year, the president empowered Defence Secretary Jim Mattis to set troop levels in Afghanistan.

General John Nicholson, the top US military commander in the country, has requested some 4,000 additional US forces.

America’s longest war is about to get longer.

President Donald Trump on Monday pledged a new strategy in Afghanistan, while refusing to divulge troop numbers, as he said the office of the president had changed his instincts to pull out of the nearly 16-year-long war.

In a sober yet vague address, Trump laid out his rationale for continuing the foreign entanglement, despite having pledged during the campaign to end America’s engagement in wars without clear exits.

“My original instinct was to pull out, and historically I like following my instincts, but all of my life I heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office,” Trump said in a prime-time address to the nation from the Fort Myer military base in Arlington, Virginia. “However, our commitment is not unlimited, and our support is not a blank check. The American people expect to see real reforms and real results.”

Trump repeatedly blasted President Barack Obama for too hastily withdrawing from Iraq and for his preference for timetables in determining troop drawdowns. He promised a “dramatically” different approach to the war, with future troop levels based on conditions in the country, rather than any preset time frame.

But for Trump, whose rapid rise to the White House was built on the repeated shattering of political norms, Monday night’s address represented an acceptance of the same broad policy in the region that guided both Obama and, before him, President George W. Bush. He seemed to have accepted, grudgingly, the grim reality that American boots on the ground remain a critical ingredient to prevent a steady slide into chaos and violence.

For Obama, that lesson came in Iraq; for Trump, who takes great pride in undoing his predecessor’s work, the experience appeared to loom large.

Trump spoke in broad terms about the need for American allies, including India, to contribute to Afghanistan’s economic development, and was quick to stress the military, rather than political, goals of the war.

“We must stop the resurgence of safe havens that allow terrorists to threaten America,” Trump said. “We are not nation-building again. We are killing terrorists.”

“Our troops will fight to win” the president said. “We will fight to win. From now on, victory will have a clear definition.”

But no such clear definition was forthcoming. Trump promised “principled realism” and “strategically applied force,” and issued warnings both to militants and American allies in the region.

The announcement comes after the president and senior advisers wrestled with the decision of how to proceed for months. Trump has previously expressed deep skepticism of American military involvement abroad, but officials from Defense Secretary James Mattis to national security adviser H.R. McMaster advocated for an increased presence in Afghanistan. One of the loudest voices against such a surge, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, was fired on Friday.

American troops may be in Afghanistan for decades to come, according to a leading Australian academic on the subject.

President Donald Trump announced earlier today that the US military will be in Afghanistan indefinitely, with no planned withdrawal at all.

The strategy going forward would be to “fight to win,” Trump said.

“From now on, victory will have a clear definition: attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing al-Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over the country, and stopping mass terror attacks against Americans before they emerge,” he said.

The Taliban will have to get used to US soldiers constantly attacking them, Australian National University (ANU) professor John Blaxland told

“The US is going to take this as the new normal, akin to what it has done in Korea and Japan and Germany, where the presence has lasted for generations,” Professor Blaxland said.

“12,000 troops can be maintained ad infinitum.”


so..more tropps are going..maybe..we dont know the amount or when..a very vague announcement meant to be appear vague to the taliban..and the next day pakistan gets a bollocking from tillerson..this is the new plan..squeezing pakistan..


~ by seeker401 on August 23, 2017.

16 Responses to “Trump to unveil Afghanistan war strategy”

  1. Reblogged this on Middle East Eye.

  2. I see now what the problem was – they weren’t fighting to win – lol
    Why not finally leave the country alone ? because they have lots of rare
    minerals .

  3. I learned today, and did not realize until, but Iran has the highest, or one of the highest opiate (who supply’s that? rhetorical) and prostitution problems in the world.

  4. TRUMP still winning?

    • problem – reaction – solution functions perfectly everywhere…

      • and what the media did not tell us about Trumps new strategy –

        “Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that his country believes the US President Donald Trump’s new strategy is ‘a dead end’.
        Lavrov said at a press conference on Thursday that the new US strategy in Afghanistan has no chance for success, Reuters reported.
        “The main emphasis in the new strategy, which was announced by Washington, is made on settlement through use of force,” Lavrov said. “We believe that it’s a dead-end approach.”

        He said that apart from that, the new strategy allows negotiations with the Taliban without any preconditions, which is also a significant flaw.
        He added that the new strategy jeopardizes the joint international stance formed in the UN Security Council.

        “If I have got the new US strategy right, it allows contacts with the Taliban without them fulfilling any conditions at all,” he said. “I do not think that it goes in line with our joint interest to follow the negotiated, coordinated line which is approved by the UN Security Council. But I hope that within the framework of the expert-level contacts we have with our American colleagues, we will be able to clarify this apparent contradiction.”

        Lavrov said that the UN Security Council, with the approval of Afghanistan’s government, ruled to allow the Taliban to enter the negotiation process under conditions that include severing terrorist links, bringing armed resistance to an end, and respecting Afghanistan’s constitution.

        In an unexpected move, Trump announced his strategy on Afghanistan on Tuesday morning – in Kabul time. He said the United States must continue fighting in Afghanistan and that they can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organisations.”

  5. Trump is winning..

  6. US sends 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan

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