‘No plans’ to withdraw troops by Christmas, says top US politician


KABUL:  A top US diplomat has negated the plan for full US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by Christmas, a resolve stated by the US President Donald Trump earlier this month.

“We should have the small remaining number of our BRAVE Men and Women serving in Afghanistan home by Christmas!” President Trump had tweeted, just hours after his national security advisors stated that his country would draw down its troops to 2,500 by early next year in Afghanistan. 

Foreign and US troops’ withdrawal in Afghanistan is conditioned to a reduction in violence by the Taliban and a promise by the insurgents to shun ties with terror groups like Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State-Khurasan.

During discussions launched by the Center for New American Security, Rep. Adam Smith, Washington Democrat, said that he supported the reduction of American troops in Afghanistan.

However, he stressed that the US forces’ presence, even minimally in the country, was essential to preserve the US and its allies’ interests against international threats.

There is “no plan” to pull US troops from Afghanistan by Christmas, Smith confirmed.

“If you’re waiting until there’s peace in Afghanistan … that’s not going to happen. We’ve been there for almost 20 years now. I think it’s pretty clear that our army is not going to solve that problem,” he underlined.