President Trump says getting close to new Afghan strategy

President Trump says getting close to new Afghan strategy

For McCain, the objective is to make sure Afghanistan no longer serves as a harbor for terrorists, which will be accomplished by granting new levels of authority to the US military to target the Taliban, the Haqqani Network, al-Qaida and the Islamic State, among other groups.

"America is adrift in Afghanistan", he said.

The plan, McCain said, is to "deny, disrupt, degrade, and destroy the ability of terrorist groups to conduct attacks against the United States, its allies, or its core interests".

Anxious by the Trump administration's delay in announcing a military strategy for the war in Afghanistan, Sen.

Meanwhile the situation in Afghanistan is as deadly as ever, with more than 2,500 Afghan police and troops killed in from January 1 to May 8.

The Arizona Republican also would have the USA military advising Afghan forces at the Kandak, or battalion level, which is about 600 troops.

Intensifying U.S. regional diplomatic efforts working through flexible frameworks for regional dialogue together with Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, India, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and other nations to promote Afghan political reconciliation as well as to advance regional cooperation on issues such as border security, intelligence sharing, counternarcotics, transportation, and trade to reduce mistrust and build confidence among regional states.

"We're getting close. We're getting very close", Trump told reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Thursday. "And, frankly, it's going to be a decision that's going to be made very soon", Trump said, without giving a timeline for his policy review.

But Mr McCain has grown increasingly impatient.

Mattis said he understood the urgency and acknowledged, "We are not winning in Afghanistan right now".

Simultaneously, he proposed outlining the potential benefits of a long-term US-Pak strategic partnership that could result from the latter's cessation of support to all terrorist and insurgent groups and constructive role in bringing about a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Afghanistan.

Trump's generals have called the Afghan conflict a "stalemate" and even after years of intensive help from the USA and other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations, Afghanistan's security forces are still struggling to hold back an emboldened Taliban.

He also recommends expanding U.S. training assistance to the Afghan security forces and longer-term support that will allow the Afghans to develop and expand their own intelligence, logistics, special forces and airlift operations.

McCain's approach envisions better harnessing US military and civil strengths in order to "deny, disrupt, degrade and destroy" the ability of terrorist groups to use Afghanistan as a sanctuary and then seek a "negotiated peace process" that leads to Afghan political reconciliation. The relationship dates to the 1980s Afghan war against the Soviet Union, which had sent in more than 100,000 soldiers to support the pro-communist Afghan government.

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