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US yet to decide for Afghanistan war

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US yet to decide for Afghanistan war

 The US is more likely to send additional troops of up to 3,000 to Afghanistan, a plan made by President Donald Trump whose counterterrorism strategy in the insurgent battered nation is not still clear or he is taking his own decision apart from being shared with the Afghan authorities.

In a White House statement, this has come that “President Donald Trump’s winning strategy means to reduce the threats of ISIS and Taliban in Afghanistan.” 
The statement argued the plan was to lessen terrorists threats against US, but nothing has been mentioned to assure the Afghan war-suffered nation that, as friendly country and close anti-terrorist partner, the US was stepping up to end war, by fully eliminating terrorist groups in the country.
According to reports, the recommendations came after General John Nicholson, Afghanistan based international military forces commander asked the Congress that there was a need for ‘a few thousand more troops to effectively train and advise Afghan soldiers.’
He warned that the US and its NATO allies were facing a military deadlock, after 15 years of the first plan to send troops to the country.
Though the exact figure and deadline of troop aid to Afghanistan was not still made clear in The White House statement as Press Secretary, Sean Spicer told a news conference that Afghanistan was not only the main focus by the US, but anywhere beyond the country. 
“We need to fully eliminate any threat around the globe frankly, not just in Afghanistan, that poses a threat to our people and our allies,” Spicer said.
While, people are suffering casualties during unbiased offensives of terrorists planning to capture provincial capitals, particularly northern and northeastern Kunduz and Badakhshan provinces, the decision either to send more troops or equip domestic forces by the US is not still clear.
The US counterterrorism plan seems to have been a long-term strategy that would take long to convert attention to the war-frustrated Afghanistan as the secretary quoted the White House as saying: “The team was looking at the mission and the strategy holistically, not just in Afghanistan, but beyond that country…I mean, minimizing, eliminating, but, obviously, in a best-case scenario, want to eliminate the threats that are against our national security, citizens, and allies.”
The people of Afghanistan welcome the decision of the US’s counterterrorism, but the strategy should be made clear as insurgency is getting intensified in Afghanistan, mostly victimizing civilians and hindering peace process in the country. 
Actually, if NATO troops have not planned to take part in war on terrorism practically in Afghanistan, they should at least focus on militarily equipment of the domestic forces rather than sending additional troops, as in the past many years of foreign forces mission, tens of thousands of coalition troops, mostly from the US could do less to help reduce insurgency in Afghanistan.
All what has been announced by The White House shows that President Donald Trump’s administration is yet to announce decision on his Afghanistan strategy and during his electoral campaign, he repeatedly vowed to defeat Daesh and other Islamist extremists.

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