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Graham stresses US military presence in Afghanistan

Graham stresses US military presence in Afghanistan

Aug 17, 2019 - 14:50

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): An influential Republican senator has urged President Donald Trump to maintain an American military presence in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a presidential ally, said on Friday: "American service members are not acting as policemen in Afghanistan."

In a statement, Graham said: "They (US soldiers) are the front-line of defense for America against the reemergence of radical Islamist groups..."

Any peace agreement denying the US a robust counter-terrorism capability in Afghanistan was not a peace deal, the lawmaker remarked.

“Instead, it is paving the way for another attack on the American homeland and attacks against American interests around the worldinfo-icon," the senator added.

He asked Trump to make sound and sustainable decisions on the issue. "A bad agreement puts the radical Islamist movement all over the world on steroids." Graham issued the statement shortly before Trump met top national security advisers at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf resort to discuss the matter. RELATED: Trump to meet security officials on Afghanistan as concerns mount about US withdrawal

“President Trump should learn from Obama’s mistakes. Be smart, take your time and listen to your national security team,” said Graham, who is seen as a foreign policy hawk.

The senator had vehemently opposed Obama’s decision to withdraw from Iraq, saying the move helped lead to the rise of groups like ISIS.


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