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US Senate Votes Against US Pullout from Afghanistan

US Senate Votes Against Pullout from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – In a rebuke to President Donald Trump, US senators from across party lines have supported an amendment against plans to pullout troops from Afghanistan.
The lawmakers, voting resoundingly on Monday in favor of the American military stay in the war-torn country, warned a precipitous pullout could let Al-Qaeda and Islamic State regroup there.
A majority of 70 senators voted for the text that was opposed by 26. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, sponsored the measure.
Only three of the 53 Republicans in the Senate opposed the amendment, which will eventually be incorporated into a broader security bill on the Middle East.
The measure says the terrorist outfits still pose a serious threat to the US, warning that a precipitous withdrawal could “allow terrorists to regroup, destabilize critical regions and create vacuums that could be filled by Iran or Russia.”
The amendment, which is nonbinding, will encourage co-operation between the White House and Congress to develop long-term strategies in Afghanistan and Syria.
In December, Trump said he would be pulling troops out roughly half of the 14,000 US forces stationed in Afghanistan. The decision, which is still unclear, stunned several US allies.
(Sahar News)

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