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New surge won't work in Afghanistan: Congressman

New surge won't work in Afghanistan: Congressman

Sep 14, 2017 - 10:15

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): President Donald Trump's decision on deploying a few thousand more troops is unlikely to work in Afghanistaninfo-icon, an influential Congressman said on Wednesday.

More than a hundred thousand international soldiers failed to stabilise the conflict-torn country some years back, recalled Democratic lawmaker Ro Khanna.

Speaking at the South Asia Center of the Atlantic Council,  he asked the United States to be tough in telling Pakistaninfo-icon that it should not be aiding the Afghan Talibaninfo-icon.

“Of course, Pakistan has its own national interests and they are doing ... so, my sense is that what the US ought to do is not to be entangled in a in a civil war that we're not going to win absent putting 400,000 or 500,000 troops on the ground ...

“We should be realistic if the Obama surge of 30,000 will lead to the Taliban gaining more control, then what is a surge of four or five thousand troops going to do unless we want to have a permanent presence there like Korea," Khanna added.

He urged the Trump administration to ask India, Pakistan, China, Iran and Russia to step up cooperation in that region and make it clear the US reserved the right to strike those attacking its homeland.

A perpetual US presence in Afghanistan was not needed, he observed. “I think Taliban would realise that we're serious if there's evidence of harboring terrorists we always reserve the right to engage in surgical strikes.

"But that doesn't mean that we should be sending our troops there or establishing a permanent presence there,” the legislator concluded.



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