US President Donald Trump has announced that US plans to increase troop presence in Afghanistan. He emphasises on taking a strong stance against terrorist organisations like Taliban and ISIS.
“We must acknowledge the reality I’m here to talk about tonight, that nearly 16 years after the September 11 attacks, after the extraordinary sacrifice of blood and treasure, the American people are weary of war without victory,” said Trump in a speech from Virginia’s Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.
“I will be in consultation with the Secretary General of NATO and our allies — several of which have also committed to increasing their troop numbers,” he added. “Together, we will assist the Afghan Security Forces to destroy the terrorist hub.”says Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. He added by saying, “I have directed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to make preparations to carry out the president’s strategy”.
Though the escalation of U.S. participation would amount to a shift of the position he held prior to his bid for the presidency, “My original instinct was to pull out, and historically I like following my instincts,” said Trump on Monday night. “But all of my life I heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office”, he added.