Trump Suspends Decision On Afghanistan Strategy

US president Donald Trump steps from Air Force One to meet with the National Security Council at Camp David to try to agree on a strategy for Afghanistan. Kevin Lamarque  Reuters

US president Donald Trump steps from Air Force One to meet with the National Security Council at Camp David to try to agree on a strategy for Afghanistan. Kevin Lamarque Reuters

Besides the National Security Adviser Lt Gen H R McMaster, the meeting was attended by Vice President Mike Pence, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Director of national Intelligence Daniel Coats, and President's top Adviser on South Asia Lisa Curtis.

"The president is studying and considering his options and will make an announcement to the American people, to our allies and partners, and to the world at the appropriate time", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Friday.

But "anti-globalists" at the White House, who were led by chief strategist Steve Bannon before he was pushed out on August 18, advocated withdrawing US forces, officials said.

The high-level meeting was held at Camp David to discuss the Afghanistan war strategy with his high-level aides, but the meeting reached nothing.

"Important day spent at Camp David with our very talented Generals and military leaders".

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White House strategist Steve Bannon, who previously pushed for replacing USA troops with private contractors, was not at the briefing.

Details of his long-awaited Afghan decision are still awaited.

USA officials say the Afghan Taliban are supported by elements of Pakistan's military and top intelligence agency, a charge Islamabad denies. There was also a move to outsource the war to a private army run by military contractor Eric Prince, the founder of the controversial security company Blackwater.

This is not the first time that officials expected Trump to pick up an option regarding the new U.S.strategy in Afghanistan. Graham hoped that Trump, unlike his predecessor, will not put U.S. military in a bad spot in Afghanistan.

About 1,600 words long letter drew attention of U.S. President saying that pulling out of Afghanistan would "truly deliver American troops from harm's way" and bring about "an end to an inherited war".

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