Donald Trump to announce new Afghan, South Asia strategy: White House
President Donald Trump will announce Monday the new strategy of America in Afghanistan, according to reports that its administration could lead a role for India to end the brutal and costly conflict, the longest war in the United States.
Trump will make its first prime time broadcast to the nation as president at 9:00 am (7:30 am, IST, Tuesday) to unveil its new plan after a long period of deliberation to end a war of nearly 16 years In Afghanistan.
The president “will provide an update on the path to America’s engagement in Afghanistan and South Asia,” said Sarah Sanders, White House Press Secretary.
The address of the Fort Myer military base in Arlington, Virginia, will follow yesterday the confirmation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that the administration had decided a new Afghan strategy after a “rigorous” debate.
The announcement of the long-awaited policy comes eight months after Trump became the US president and after criticism from some American lawmakers he was trying to make a decision. Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, had announced his Afghan policy in the first 100 days of his office.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis said yesterday that Trump’s policy on war and the whole American approach to South Asia – Washington’s tortured ties with Pakistan and complaints that Islamabad tacitly encourages extremists – had been finalized.
“He wants to be the one who announces it to the American people,” Mattis said. “He now needs the weekend to gather his thoughts on how he will explain it to the American people.” On Friday, Trump met with national security officials at Camp David to discuss Afghan strategy.
On Saturday, he tweeted: “An important day at Camp David with our very general generals and our military leaders. Many decisions have been made, including on Afghanistan. ”
Although Obama’s policy focuses primarily on Afghanistan and Pakistan, the information indicates that the Trump administration has examined the possibilities of a role for India in its policy review.
A few months ago, the Pentagon had a plan to send about 3,800 additional troops to help reinforce the Afghan army, which is stalled in what some call a stalemate impasse with the Taliban insurgency.
US military commanders often argued that additional troops would help the US reverse the gains made by the Taliban and other militant groups. Trump delegated authority to adjust troop levels to Mattis at the beginning of his administration, but he was introduced by the Pentagon with a range of options for the forward path, including a complete withdrawal of troops and The deployment of more than 4,000 additional soldiers to add to the over 8,000 US forces that are already there.
The hope that the United States could eventually leave Afghanistan was verified by the Afghan government’s struggle to maintain order under the re-emerging Taliban challenge and incursions by extremist groups like Al-Qaeda, ISIS and Network Haqqani ….