Afghanistan responds over reports of US troops withdrawal

Afghanistan responds over reports of US troops withdrawal

KABUL - (Pajhwok): Any US troop withdrawal will not impact combat operations against the Taliban link and other terror groups in Afghanistan link, says the national security advisor (NSA).

The Afghan government had stepped up preparations for the highly-anticipated scenario of disengagement by the Trump administration, according to Hamdullah Mohib.

Currently on a three-day trip to India, the NSA told a select group of journalists in New Delhi on Sturdy: “There are several US mechanisms for military engagement…”

He was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times as saying there had never been any discussion with the United States on a cut in counter-terrorism operations.

“What we have been told is that this is a planning process for different scenarios. For the time being, it is not a decision yet,” said the advisor, a former Afghan ambassador to the US.

“The numbers that are being spoken of are numbers that were increased in 2017,” to more than 14,000 from 8,600. “So it’s not going to have a significant impact if they are going to be taken back.”