Top US senator warns Donald Trump against Troops withdrawal from Afghanistan
January 21, 2019
Kabul- A top Republican senator has opposed a pull-out from Afghanistan amid reports that US President Donald Trump is preparing a dramatic military withdrawal from the war-torn country.
Senator Lindsey Graham said on a visit to the region that Afghanistan still needed US help and a Taliban military victory would be unconscionable.
Officials were last month reported to have begun preparations to withdraw up to half of America’s 14,000 troops from Afghanistan amid Mr Trump’s frustration at the lack of progress in the 17-year-long campaign.
“The world’s not going to let the Taliban take Afghanistan over by force of arms,” Sen Graham said. “That would be unconscionable. Any president who let that happen would go down in history very poorly.”
Sen Graham said Afghanistan still needed US help and Afghan forces were now leading the fight against the Taliban, suffering heavy casualties. Since August 2017, 18 Americans and 5,600 Afghan personnel had died in the war.
He said: “So those who want the Afghans to fight and be in the front of the fight, they are. To those who believe they should do more and America should do less, that’s coming true. One thing I can tell President Trump and the American people is that we are still needed. It is in our interests to see this through.”