U.S. President Donald Trump has long criticized the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan, the longest military conflict in U.S. history, that’s killed over 2300 Americans and tens of thousands of Afghans.
In December, Trump indicated he’s considering the withdrawal of 7,000 troops, halving the number of American forces deployed to Afghanistan. Critics said the move could embolden the Taliban and plunge Afghanistan into further chaos.
CGTN’s Rahim Faiez reports from Kabul.
For more on the future of Afghanistan:
- Tanya Goudsouzian is a journalist who’s covered Afghanistan and its leadership for nearly two decades.
- Faisel Pervaiz is a South Asia analyst at the intelligence firm, Stratfor.
- Omar Samad served as the Afghan Ambassador to France and Canada and is currently a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center.
- John Sitilides is a geopolitical strategist with Trilogy Advisors.
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