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Top U.S. general in Afghanistan says new strategy based on conditions not timelines
August 22, 2017 / 2:59 AM / 3 months ago

Top U.S. general in Afghanistan says new strategy based on conditions not timelines

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan said on Monday the United States’ future presence in Afghanistan would be based on “conditions and not arbitrary timelines”.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Army General John Nicholson, Commander of Resolute Support forces and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan April 14, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani/File Photo

“This new strategy means the Taliban cannot win militarily. Now is the time to renounce violence and reconcile,” General John Nicholson said in a statement.

President Donald Trump opened the door on Monday night to an increase in U.S. troops in Afghanistan as part of a retooled strategy for the region, overcoming his own doubts about America’s longest war and vowing “a fight to win.”

 

Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Kim Coghill

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