In an international shocker, the US President Donald Trump is ordering an American drawdown in Afghanistan.
It is said that US will be bringing home some 50 per cent of the 15,000 US troops over the next two months.
This is even as their are security concerns in Afghanistan and the government is quite incapable to dealing with the situation for now.
It also implies that Indian presence, investment and stakes in the country are now far more vulnerable.
Trump’s decision to start withdrawing from Afghanistan, which even some American experts described as a defeat, comes on the heels of a similar departure from Syria he announced abruptly over Twitter.
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Trump did not refer to the Afghanistan drawndown, but he asked, “Does the USA want to be the Policeman of the Middle East, getting NOTHING but spending precious lives and trillions of dollars protecting others who, in almost all cases, do not appreciate what we are doing? Do we want to be there forever?”
The US involvement in Afghanistan has lasted 17 years and Trump has often expressed doubts about the utility of American troops there, evidently untutored over the 1990s vacuum that led to the rise of the Al Qaida and the 9/11 catastrophe, which has been the basis for the interventionist argument espoused by the likes of Mattis and other top US Generals, as also many leading US Senators, including Republicans.>