Clinton hints at reviewing troop numbers if elected as president
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton who is the Democratic presidential front-runner on Thursday indicated that if elected she would review the number of US troops present in Afghanistan.
“I would have to make an evaluation based on the circumstances at the time I took office as to how much help they continue to need,” Clinton said participating in a Democratic presidential debate with her rival Bernie Sanders, the Senator from Vermont.
Clinton believed that despite the Taliban the newly emerged Islamic State (IS) was posing huge threat and more fighters from the Taliban have joined with IS.
She said more attention was needed to be paid to the region from North Africa to South Asia where some elements continued to spread instability and lawlessness.
The top presidential runner stressed the need for building and strengthening of coalition against terrorist which will act collectively in destroy their networks. She pledge to eradicate terrorists’ networks if elected as president.
“We have to build coalitions, something that I did to take on the Iranian nuclear program, and what I will do as president to make sure that we defeat these terrorist networks,” she said
Noting that US President, Barack Obama, decided to leave more troops than he had originally planned, Clinton said currently there is a very cooperative government in Kabul.
“We have a very cooperative government there, with Ashraf Ghani and his top -- his top partner, Abdullah. And they are doing their very best. And the Afghan army is actually fighting. The Afghan army is taking heavy losses defending Afghan territory,” she said.
Sanders said troops from Afghanistan can’t be withdrawn overnight. “You can't simply withdraw tomorrow. Wish we could, and allow, you know, the Taliban or anybody else to reclaim that country,” he said.
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