Alarm bells in India over US plan to cut troops in Afghanistan

Minnie Murray
December 29, 2018

The top USA commander in Afghanistan, a week before President Donald Trump's decision on drawing down American troops, had admitted the 17-year-old conflict in the country would not culminate with a military win for the Pentagon.

When Trump made a decision to pull USA troops out of Syria, he reportedly ignored the advice of his closest advisers, including Mattis, who had warned the president that ISIS still was still active in the region and that a US withdrawal would ignite chaos.

Jim Mattis served for 44 years in the Marine Corps before retiring as a general in 2013.

"There's all kinds of rumors swirling around", Dunford said, according to a Stars and Stripes report.

"We are substantially subsidizing the Militaries of many VERY rich countries all over the world, while at the same time these countries take total advantage of the USA, and our TAXPAYERS, on Trade", Trump tweeted on Monday, one day after he announced Shanahan's appointment.

In a video recorded December 19 - one day prior to submitting his resignation letter - Mattis told USA troops, "To all you lads and lasses holding the line in 2018, on land, at sea, or in the air, thanks for keeping the faith. It is hard work, but this is nothing new: Since Washington crossed the DE on Christmas Day in 1776, American troops have missed holidays to defend our citizens' experiment in democracy". In this world awash in change, you hold the line.

"Storm clouds loom, yet because of you your fellow citizens live safe at home". "Most don't know your names but all are confident their freedoms and their families will be kept safe".

In his letter of resignation, whose news coverage angered Trump and was the factor in pushing him out two months early, James Mattis wrote he "views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades of immersion in these issues".

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