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NATO chief warns US to not perform hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan

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NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg stated Tuesday that the alliance might pay a heavy value for leaving Afghanistan too early, after a US official stated that president Donald Trump is predicted order a fast withdrawal of US troops within the nation.
“We now face a difficult decision. We have been in Afghanistan for almost 20 years, and no NATO ally wants to stay any longer than necessary. But at the same time, the price for leaving too soon or in an uncoordinated way could be very high”, Stoltenberg stated, including that the nation “risks becoming once again a platform for international terrorists to plan and organize attacks on our homelands. And Daesh (Islamic State) could rebuild in Afghanistan the terror caliphate it lost in Syria and Iraq”.
In latest months, violence in Afghanistan has elevated, as authorities negotiators and the Taliban are assembly in Qatar to search out an finish to the conflict. NATO has fewer than 12,000 troops within the nation serving to to coach the nationwide safety forces, and US troops make up about half that quantity.
Stoltenberg added that “even with further US reductions, NATO will continue its mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces. We are also committed to funding them through 2024”.
“Hundreds of thousands of troops from Europe and beyond have stood shoulder to shoulder with American troops in Afghanistan, and over one thousand of them have paid the ultimate price. We went into Afghanistan together. And when the time is right, we should leave together in a coordinated and orderly way. I count on all NATO allies to live up to this commitment, for our own security”, Stoltenberg stated.

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