KABUL: Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Afghanistan, William Ruger, said that his country had accomplished its goals in Afghanistan, and it was time to withdraw from the country.
In an interview with the American Thought Leaders on Saturday, Ruger underlined that three major U.S. objectives when entering Afghanistan were punishing the Taliban for its State support of Al-Qaeda, responsible for the 9/11 attacks, decimating the latter, and killing Osama bin Laden.
“We had three objectives that we needed to accomplish […] We’ve accomplished all three of those goals, the Taliban was deposed after 2001 after we went in. And they’ve been punished severely, suffering great casualties, great losses.”
“I think it’s time to come home, especially given that we have a deal with the Taliban in which, again, they have not just an intent, they haven’t just declared an intention to make sure that Afghanistan isn’t a home of anti-American terrorism, but they have an interest in doing so because they don’t want us coming back,” he said in response to a question.
However, he said withdrawal militarily doesn’t mean that Americans and Afghans will disengage.
This is while the U.S. and NATO forces commander in Afghanistan General Scott Miller had earlier said that he received orders to reduce troop presence from the current 4,000 to 2,500 troops by mid-January.