US will keep presence in Afghanistan even when deal reached with Taliban: Trump

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US President Donald Trump. PHOTO: REUTERS

US President Donald Trump. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Thursday stated that US troop ranges in Afghanistan will drop to eight,600 if a deal is reached with the Taliban and {that a} everlasting presence will stay.

“We’re happening to eight,600 after which we make a willpower from there,” Trump stated in an interview with Fox Information radio. “We’re at all times going to have a presence.”

Trump additionally stated that if one other assault on the USA originated from Afghanistan “we might come again with a drive like… by no means earlier than.”

Trump underlined that there was to be no full withdrawal, maintaining a drive that would offer “excessive intelligence”.

“You must maintain a presence,” he stated. Trump says that troops will solely be decreased when the Taliban offers a assure that its territory is not going to be utilized by al-Qaeda or different worldwide militant teams.

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