Donald Trump rules out hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan, warns Pakistan for support to terror

Donald Trump said after a "comprehensive review", it has been decided that the American strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia will change dramatically.

By: PTI | Washington | Updated: August 22, 2017 8:57 am
afghanistan, trump, pakistan, NATO, donald trump US President Donald Trump. (Reuters Photo)

The US on Tuesday ruled out a hasty withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan as President Donald Trump warned Pakistan of consequences if it continues to provide safe havens to terror groups and sought an enhanced role for India to bring peace in the war-torn country. Trump, in a prime-time televised address to the nation, laid out his South Asia policy saying a “critical part” of it was to further develop US’ strategic partnership with India.

He said after a “comprehensive review”, it has been decided that the American strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia will change dramatically.

“A core pillar of our new strategy is a shift from a time-based approach to one based on conditions. I’ve said many times how counterproductive it is for the United States to announce in advance, the dates we intend to begin, or end, military operations,” Trump said in his address.

“We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities,” Trump said as he announced his South Asia policy in front of about 2,000 people from all five services and top officials of his administration.Trump slammed Pakistan for its continued support to terrorist groups and warned Islamabad of consequences if it continues to do so.

“We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organisations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond,” Trump said. “Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbour terrorists,” he said, in a apparent warning to Pakistan.

The US President reached out to India seeking an enhanced role for New Delhi, especially in the economic field, to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan. India, the world’s largest democracy, is a key security and economic partner of the United States, he said.

“We appreciate India’s important contributions to stability in Afghanistan, but India makes billions of dollars in trade with the United States, and we want them to help us more with Afghanistan, especially in the area of economic assistance and development,” Trump said.

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  1. R
    Aug 22, 2017 at 4:28 pm
    The first point the world misses when evaluating terrorism is that it comes directly from Satan. Jesus stated, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). Every act of murder and terror is an act motivated by Satan. He is the Father of terrorism. With each passing day, Satan is becoming more active in the world. “Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short” (Revelation 12:12).True “terrorism” is an attempt to incite fear, shock, and panic in a target population through the use of violence. The goal of acts of terrorism is to bully a government or culture into cooperating with the demands of the terrorists. In some cases, the carnage is inflicted for its own sake or as a punishment or an act of revenge.(radical teaching must remove) The Bible also expresses a strong condemnation for the shedding of innocent blood.
    1. R
      Aug 22, 2017 at 2:41 pm
      Time for Pakistan to play their China/Russia card to gain undue leverage again!!
      1. I
        Aug 22, 2017 at 1:40 pm
        Afghan problem is not resolved so far because root cause of the problem lies in Pakistan and some cultural issues of Afganistan. Solution lies in total destruction of Pakistan , and good education which brings Afghanis out of tribal mindset. US seems to be unwilling to do any of these. India still is a poor country , and it should desist from spending precious tax payers money in this conflict. if India has earned in trade from US then US also has earned a lot from India. That is no logic for trump to demand and funding of their activities. India can help US with some intelligence inputs to US if it is willing to act.
        1. Ghulam Murtaza
          Aug 22, 2017 at 2:25 pm
          First of all, why US invaded afghan, though taliban were willing to extradite Usama Bin Ladin to US provided that they provide some sort of evidence involving Usama involvement in 9/11. Suppose, Taliban were very bad guys then what did US do? killing millions innocents though on a high cast(thousands US soldiers killed and trillions of dollars spent). Truth of the matter is, Afghanistan is becoming second Veitnam for USA and they are frustrated. Never forget US killing of Iraqis, result was ISIS, and a huge surge of terrorists in West, Interestingly, same Taliban and usama were called freedom fighters when they fought Russia. but now terrorists. This is the hypocrisy of USA. second , dnt be vicarious if USA fought Pakistan, because, any instability in Pakistan would be catastrophic for India. Suppose, usa invades pakistan and pakistan looses then resultantly Pakistan may shoot its nuke towards india in a desparate attempt to attract world powers to help sloving the issue.