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Major changes in Trump’s Afghan strategy ruled out

Major changes in Trump’s Afghan strategy ruled out

Jul 11, 2018 - 08:47

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Trump administration has ruled out changes to key elements of its military and political strategy for stabilising Afghanistaninfo-icon, a Russian news agency reports.

On Tuesday, Reuters said the United States was preparing to review the strategy a year after President Donald Trump agreed to extend America’s involvement in the 17-year-old war.

Commenting on the report, a National Security Council spokesperson told TASS: "We are not planning an overarching review of our core strategy, like the one conducted last summer."

The administration regularly conducted reviews of strategies, examining their effectiveness and making necessary adjustments to ensure US resources were used in the most efficient way possible, the official said.

US partners have substantially hiked in contributions to the mission in Afghanistan over the past year, according to the official, who expected allies to carry their fair share of the burden in Afghanistan.

"The international community remains committed to supporting the Afghan forces as they work towards an Afghan-owned, Afghan-led solution to the conflict," the spokesperson added.

President Trump, while complaining of EU members of the alliance paying less than their fair share, has repeatedly pressed NATOinfo-icon members to meet their annual defense spending obligations.

"The administration remains committed to a conditions-based strategy. The Talibaninfo-icon cannot wait us out. We were encouraged by the June ceasefire, and we stand by the Afghan government as it seeks a political settlement to ending the war," the spokesperson continued.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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