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US official stresses need for vanquishing Taliban

AT Monitoring Desk

KABUL: Congressman Rep. Ro Khanna has urged Republicans and Democrats to support President Donald Trump’s efforts to withdraw US trosops from Afghanistan, while stressed the need for vanquishing the Taliban group.

In an interview on Monday, he said: “We need to put partisan politics aside and support the president’s goal of withdrawing troops.”

Speaking exclusively to Breitbart News, he recalled: “I was for striking Afghanistan when we were hit in 9/11. I have no problem using force to go after the terrorists who committed evil acts and attacked our homeland.”

While defending the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, he saw no rationale for seeking a regime change in Afghanistan and. However, he stressed the need for vanquishing the Taliban.

The congressman claimed troop surges by George Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump had been ineffective. The Taliban had gained control of more territory, he said.

“We ought to withdraw and make it very clear to the Taliban that if there is any harbouring of Al Qaeda … we reserve the right to go strike them.”

The stress for defeating the Taliban came after US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad making all out efforts to reach an agreement with the Taliban group in a bid to end the prolong war in the country.

Recently, Khalilzad concluded his fifth round of peace talks with Taliban in Qatar, and embarked on its peace mission where he returned Afghanistan from Belgium. He held talks with high-ranking Afghan officials, including Afghan politicians and influential figures from all walk of the society.

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