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2019-08-22 Afghanistan
'Not Fair India Not Fighting Terror in Afghanistan.' - Trump
[ANI] US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said it is "not fair" that India, which is geographically "much closer" to Afghanistan than the United States, is not fighting terrorist groups in the war-ravaged nation.

"Look, India is right there. They are not fighting it. We are fighting it. Pakistan is right next door. They are fighting it very little. Very, very little. It's not fair. The United States is 7,000 miles away," he said in reply to questions by reporters on the lawns of White House.

Trump, who has been repeatedly talking about mediation in the Kashmir problem, also said that countries including India, Iran and Russia would have to fight against the terrorists in Afghanistan at some point of time.

"At a certain point Russia, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey they are going to have to fight their battles too. I did it in record time but at a certain point all of these other countries where ISIS is around they have been decimated, by the way, badly decimated," said Trump.

This comes days after around 80 people lost their lives in a suicide attack launched by the ISIS in Kabul.

"All of these countries are going to have to fight them because do we want to stay there for another 19 years? I don't think so. So, at a certain point, other countries and that includes Russia and it includes Iran and Turkey and Iraq and Afghanistan and Pakistan and India," he added.

Trump has repeatedly said he wants American troops out from Afghanistan. The United States is leading the Afghan peace process with the Taliban. The talks with Taliban are centred around US' promise to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan, in exchange for the guarantee by Taliban that the Afghan soil, particularly the areas under their control, would not become a platform for transnational terrorism.

On Tuesday, he indicated that the United States forces will not completely withdraw from Afghanistan.

Early this month, United States special representative to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad had come to India and held discussion with External affairs Minister S. Jaishankar. The two leaders discussed how India and the US could work effectively to ensure lasting peace in Afghanistan that has been engulfed in an 18-year-long war. (ANI)
Posted by Dron66046 2019-08-22 11:29|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [331 views ]  Top

#1 Something happened to this post. It previewed fine but it's blank now. Should I post again ?
Posted by Dron66046 2019-08-22 13:39||   2019-08-22 13:39|| Front Page Top

#2 Let me take a look, Dron66046. In the meantime, the link itself works just find, so our readers can go directly to the article.
Posted by trailing wife 2019-08-22 14:01||   2019-08-22 14:01|| Front Page Top

#3 Fixed. Perhaps it was hit by a stray gamma ray when you submitted it, my dear.
Posted by trailing wife 2019-08-22 15:04||   2019-08-22 15:04|| Front Page Top

#4 Thanks, TW.
Posted by Dron66046 2019-08-22 15:57||   2019-08-22 15:57|| Front Page Top

#5 We just happened to convince the US that a pullout would doom the entire region. But I see India's insistence as coming more from an attitude that assumes 'the US created this mess in the first place, so it should stay and handle it for as long as it takes'.

While we bicker internally over kickbacks from arms contracts, posture about 'scaring off Pakistain', and rally around our shallow domestic victories, the world around us burns.

It's about time we entered this fray, gave our boys-in-perpetual-training some real action, earned some real xp. For now it's only been cloak-and-dagger and diplomatic one-ups with mediocre neighbours. I know we're good for it, but the Indian leadership has never really wanted a powerful military, or foreign policy to be 'besmirched' by our hands. No, that is to remain the province of pencil necks in Delhi and UN ass kissers trained in Harvard.
Posted by Dron66046 2019-08-22 16:17||   2019-08-22 16:17|| Front Page Top

#6 India has enough problems with Kashmir, Pakistan and China.

Afghanistan doesn't fuck with them too much.
Posted by DarthVader 2019-08-22 16:29||   2019-08-22 16:29|| Front Page Top

#7 "Pakistan is right next door. They are fighting it very little. Very, very little. It's not fair."

I'd understood Pakistan was making a major effort in the war.... just not on our side.

Also we frequently take the burden from the locals so we can control the war, and to ensure the locals are not caught up in the conflict when it comes time to deal with lasting peace treaties. I'm not saying this is right, but it has been our way since WW2.
Posted by ruprecht 2019-08-22 16:29||   2019-08-22 16:29|| Front Page Top

#8 India covertly fights the Pakistain ISI which supports and supplies the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Tehrik-e-Taliban, and a couple of other splinter factions that collectively form the opium-jihad nexus across the Durand Line. But Indian policy itself is non-committal, non-confrontational and only targets Pak elements when an Indian investment or joint venture is at risk.

The lamentable banality of the Afghan condition is in the fact that it's a terminally muslim condition. You can help that only so much, and that too is a thankless job.
Posted by Dron66046 2019-08-22 16:51||   2019-08-22 16:51|| Front Page Top

#9 The lamentable banality of the Afghan condition is in the fact that it's a terminally muslim condition. You can help that only so much, and that too is a thankless job.-- Dron66046

I would argue that it is a case of tribalism. Take away the Baluchis (Baluchistan proto-state) and the Pashtun majority in the center and what do you have left? Answer: a lot of small factions that don't like being lorded over by either of the above. How can you *fix* that?
Posted by magpie 2019-08-22 17:02||   2019-08-22 17:02|| Front Page Top

#10 arm them
Posted by Frank G 2019-08-22 19:38||   2019-08-22 19:38|| Front Page Top

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