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Trump partners with Taliban against Afghan government: McMaster

Trump partners with Taliban against Afghan government: McMaster

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Sep 18, 2020 - 18:07

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Former US National Security Advisor McMaster has said that withdrawing troops from Afghanistaninfo-icon and partnering with the Talibaninfo-icon has made the United States less safe. 

McMaster calls the drawdown of US troops in Afghanistan a big mistake and writes in the book, "Battlegrounds," that the region is a hotbed of terrorism. "Terrorist organizations who pose a threat to us are stronger now than they were on September 10, 2001.

Those who perpetrated the mass murder attacks of 9/11 were the mujahideeninfo-icon-era alumni of the resistance to Soviet occupation in Afghanistan," he tells Pelley.

"Today, we are facing an Al-Qaeda and an ISIS alumni that is orders of magnitude greater than that mujahideen-era alumni ever was. And they also have access to much more destructive capabilities," says McMaster. 
 
McMaster says the president partnered with the Taliban ahead of this month's peace talks in Doha. "I think what [President Trump] did with this new policy, is he, in effect, is partnering with the Taliban against, in many ways, the Afghan government. And so, I think that it's an unwise policy. And I think what we require in Afghanistan is a sustained commitment to help the Afghan government," says McMaster.
 
McMaster told CBS Pelley the US is more vulnerable in the eyes of its adversaries. COVID-19, the recession and racial divisions have made the US weaker. China, Russia and others are now exploiting those weaknesses.

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