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Is Trump handing over Afghanistan to Pakistan?

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Deutsche Welle, 21 December 2018

Another quote by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on the English service of the German public foreign broadcaster on Trump’s reported plans of a troop reduction in Afghanistan:

“If the US actually goes ahead with the troop reduction plan, it would be a manifestation of Trump’s ‘America First’ policy,” Thomas Ruttig, an expert from the Afghan Analysts Network, told DW.

“But at a time with Khalilzad is trying to negotiate with the Taliban, the troop reduction does not make any sense,” he added.

“This would weaken the positions of both Washington and Kabul in the middle of peace talks,” Ruttig emphasized. (…)

“It shows that Trump does not care about Afghanistan,” said analyst Ruttig.