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Pence says Trump ‘evaluating’ Afghanistan pullout

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Amid reports on a possible withdrawal of a “significant” number of US forces from Afghanistan, the US Vice President Mike Pence said Trump “is in the process of evaluating” whether to remove troops from Afghanistan.

He made the remarks in an exclusive interview with Fox News. The Fox News said in a report that Pence vowed that the military’s withdrawal from Syria will be conducted in an “orderly fashion.”

Asked whether Trump would similarly pursue an Afghanistan withdrawal, as he has reportedly been debating, Pence said only that the idea was under active consideration.

“Well, the president is in the process of evaluating that, as we speak,” Pence said as quoted by Fox News.

“I was in Afghanistan last year. In his speech in August, President Trump, basically through new rules of engagement, new resources, additional military personnel, gave our folks on the ground the ability to take the fight, be at the tip of the spear, supporting the Afghan National Army in the battle against the Taliban, ISIS (Daesh), Khorasan, Al Qaeda, re-emerging in Afghanistan,” the US Vice President said as quoted by Fox News. This comes as recently President Trump hints toward pullout of its 7,000 troops out of 14,000 from Afghanistan—an statement and earned many criticism from Afghanistan as some lawmakers asked US to end the longest war in Afghanistan then leave.

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