Trump commits US to fight on in Afghanistan; no speedy exit

Members of the US Military listen as President Donald Mr Trump speaks at Fort Myer in Arlington Virginia, US on Monday, during a Presidential Address to the Nation about a strategy he believes will best position the US to eventually declare victory in Afghanistan. (AP photo)

WASHINGTON -- Reversing his past calls for a speedy exit, President Donald Trump recommitted the United States to the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan Monday night, declaring US troops must “fight to win.”

He pointedly declined to disclose how many more troops will be dispatched to wage America's longest war.

In a prime-time address to unveil his new Afghanistan strategy, Mr Trump said the US would shift away from a “time-based” approach, instead linking its assistance to results and to cooperation from the beleaguered Afghan government, Pakistan and others. He insisted it would be a “regional” strategy that addressed the roles played by other South Asian nations -- especially Pakistan's harbouring of elements of the Taliban.

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