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Future of US Counterterrorism Forces in Afghanistan is Uncertain, Gen. Dunford

Future of US Counterterrorism Forces in Afghanistan is Uncertain: Gen. Dunford

WASHINGTON – The top US military officer said on Wednesday it was too early to talk about the future of US counterterrorism forces in Afghanistan.
Negotiations over how to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan have been held in Doha, capital of Qatar, since late last year. The ninth round of talks began last week.
“I am not using the withdrawal word right now,” Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at the Pentagon. According to Reuters.
“I’m using: We’re going to make sure that Afghanistan is not a sanctuary and we’re going to try to have an effort to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan,” he added.
The Taliban said on Wednesday it was close to an agreement with US officials on a deal that would see US forces withdraw from Afghanistan in exchange for a Taliban promise that the country would not become a haven for international militants.
“I honestly think it’s premature to talk about what our counterterrorism presence in Afghanistan may or may not be without a better appreciation for what will the conditions (be),” Dunford said.
“If an agreement happens in the future, if the security environment changes, then obviously our posture may adjust,” Dunford said.
(Sahar News)

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