The government faces continued threats from the highest regional concentration of terrorist groups in the world, the report said, and while its air force has improved considerably under guidance from foreign forces, its army struggles to meet recruiting, quality and leadership standards.
US troops stormed into Afghanistan in November 2001 in an invasion triggered by the September 11 attacks. The move will have extraordinary geopolitical ramifications and throws into question the fate of US-backed Kurdish fighters who have been tackling Islamic State jihadists.
White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller defended the president's position on troop withdrawals during a Thursday night CNN appearance. "But there persisted a mistaken belief among the Kabul elites that the American military wanted a permanent foothold in the country", Mr Smith said.
"If they withdraw from Afghanistan it will not have a security impact because in the last four and a half years Afghan forces have been in full control", Chakhansuri said. A recent USA military report said Taliban control over Afghanistan has increased in recent months.
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Even Fox News says things are bad, thanks to Trump.
In either of these scenarios, there's the strong possibility, if not likelihood, of a bloodbath of forces that relied on USA protection and, in some cases, risked their lives fighting alongside Americans.
Graham was also critical of Trump's decision to withdraw from Syria.
Afghan troops have struggled against the Taliban and have suffered consistently high casualties, even with US troops and aircraft in support.
Despite those changes, the war has been viewed skeptically at best by the USA public.
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It was the leader's first public activity in two weeks after visiting a shoe factory in Wonsan earlier this month. North Korea has condemned the United States for stepping up sanctions and pressure on the regime.
"Afghanistan will go back to the Taliban era", she told AFP.
In addition, some 8,000 troops from 38 other countries in Resolute Support provide training and support for Afghan forces. Trump, according to Woodward's book, expressed frustration with the U.S.'s presence in the Korean Peninsula, The Washington Post reports. Their ouster of the Taliban returned to power former warlords, whose bitter infighting and runaway corruption had resulted in vast tracts of the capital Kabul being destroyed and given rise to the Taliban, who used a strict and harsh interpretation of Islam to restore calm to the country.
The Afghan military will dissolve without American support, Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., incoming Central Command chief, told lawmakers during a confirmation hearing earlier this month. This will endanger both local and US forces who remain on the front lines.
Another senior diplomat in Kabul said countries with military or development commitments might now make plans independent of United States strategy.
"It will take a while and there are some countries who are ready to exit. Taliban have been asking each other in recent weeks whether American diplomats were honest when they claimed to be ready for a responsible withdrawal", he said.
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The last month of 2018 began with the much-awaited wedding of desi girl Priyanka Chopra to her American singer beau Nick Jonas . The handsome wedding ceremonies took place at Umaid Bhavan Palace in Jodhpur in presence of both of their families.
Currently, American airstrikes are at levels not seen since the height of the war, when tens of thousands of United States troops were spread throughout the country. I just want to say, Jim is a tremendous officer, a tremendous leader, and the quality of the service that he's provided to our country is certainly very, very significant.