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US ponders retreat from remote Afghan outposts

US ponders retreat from remote Afghan outposts

Jul 29, 2018 - 08:32

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): As part of its new policy, the US wants Afghan troops to retreat from sparsely-populated areas of the country, an influential American newspaper reported on Sunday.

Explained in a previously undisclosed part of the war strategy that President Trump rolled last year, the approach may enable the Talibaninfo-icon to retain vast areas they control in the countryside.

The New York Times quoted administration officials as saying that the move was aimed to safeguard military forces from attacks at isolated outposts and protect major cities.

Similar strategies had been embraced by Bush and Obama administrations. However, the plans failed to yield the desired results, as militant-linked violence continues in much of Afghanistaninfo-icon.

“After the declared end of combat operations in 2014, most American troops withdrew to major population areas, leaving Afghan forces to defend remote outposts. Many of those bases fell in the following months,” the daily said.

Some Afghan commanders are said have opposed the American effort, arguing that local populations would feel betrayed.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud


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