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America’s failure to combat and contain terrorism
 
10/20/2020
 

All U.S. Troops to Leave Afghanistan

America’s failure to combat and contain terrorism

BY WARREN REINSCH

United States President Donald Trump announced on May 27 his intent to bring troops home from Afghanistan. After 18 years of war, $1 trillion and the deaths of 2,300 American soldiers, the pullout is another signal that America is in retreat.

"We are acting as a police force, not the fighting force that we are, in Afghanistan," the president declared on Twitter. "After 19 years, it is time for them to police their own country. Bring our soldiers back home but closely watch what is going on and strike with a thunder like never before, if necessary!"

According to the New York Times, some of President Trump’s top military officials will present "options for pulling all American troops out of Afghanistan, with one possible timeline for withdrawing forces before the presidential election …." Foreign Policy noted that this "would not follow the timeline laid out in that agreement [with the Taliban]. Under the February 29 deal, withdrawal below 8,600 U.S. troops should proceed on a ‘conditions-based’ approach," after the Taliban has reduced its violent attacks against Afghan, U.S. and coalition troops.

 
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