WASHINGTON: US forces haven’t but been ordered to tug out of Afghanistan regardless of President Donald Trump’s plan to finish involvement there, the commander of American forces within the Center East, mentioned Thursday.
“Now we have not been directed to withdraw. There aren’t any orders to withdraw something,” Central Command chief Basic Joseph Votel advised the Home Armed Providers Committee.
“The political situations of the place we’re within the reconciliation proper now don´t benefit” withdrawal,” he mentioned.
After 17 years, Trump needs to finish US involvement in Afghanistan, the place 14,000 American troops are nonetheless deployed.
However Votel mentioned that regardless of some optimistic indicators in talks between the USA and the Taliban forces, there has nonetheless not been sufficient progress.
One ongoing drawback, he famous, is that the Taliban are nonetheless unwilling to barter immediately with the Afghan authorities.
As well as, Afghan authorities troops aren’t but prepared to face on their very own, he mentioned.
“These choices must be primarily based extra on situations than particular occasions” and should “pivot off political progress.”
“My recommendation is that any choice to cut back forces in Afghanistan ought to be executed in full session with our coalition companions and naturally the federal government of Afghanistan.”
“The Afghan forces are depending on the coalition help we offer for them,” he added.