United States apologises for 'offensive' leaflets in Parwan

Bagram Airfield

Bagram Airfield

Why is Pakistan angry with the Trump administration's Afghanistan review?

New troops will be required, he suggested, but he did not say how many (there are 8,400 there now).

"I am deeply saddened to hear that women and children have once again suffered so terribly from the conflict", said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA.

Major General James Linder, who heads the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation special operations forces in Afghanistan, apologised for the leaflet design which he said was an "error".

Instead, Trump projected an "I got this" bravado that has become a hallmark of his presidency.

The U.S. call for greater Indian involvement in Afghanistan has stoked Pakistani fears that New Delhi could use the opportunity to stir unrest in its tribal areas and mineral-rich Balochistan province, which is also a gateway to the $51 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). While the Camp David meetings were still in progress, army chief Gen Bajwa told the Centcom chief of Pakistan's firm policy of backing the USA and the Kabul government's forces in Afghanistan.

Jason Dempsey, an adjunct senior fellow at the Washington-based Center for a New American Security, said the mistake should not be surprising considering the short rotations of USA servicemembers in Afghanistan, which are rarely longer than a year. The Taliban is resurgent.

In 2009 a box of leaflets dropped from a British Royal Air Force plane landed on and killed a young Afghan girl in Helmand after it failed to open in mid-air.

A suicide bomber has reportedly detonated explosives at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan, TOLO News reports.

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Trump offered up numerous same solutions tried by his predecessors.

The other major worry for Pakistan is the growing power of the Taliban. President Barack Obama promised all the same things. Thus, after 16 years of fighting, about 2,400 American military deaths, more than 20,000 wounded, about 1,200 US civilian contractor deaths, and a whopping half trillion dollars wasted in this quagmire, instead of cutting its losses, the Trump administration seems to be willing to let the military re-escalate the war by sending 3,000 to 5,000 additional USA forces. It is a tactical approach, designed by generals, to ensure that they do not lose.

With this speech, Mr. Trump has taken ownership of the war, which until now he has essentially fobbed off on the Pentagon.

Now Trump leads Washington and that question falls for him to answer. In fact, despite their job description, USA forces do fight in combat and still take casualties.

"We have many friends who supported us in critical times, including China and Turkey".

"My original instinct was to pull out", Trump said.

Trump pointed to "three fundamental conclusions" about US interests in Afghanistan - all of which appeal to patriotism and nationalistic pride. Officials said traffickers working with the Taliban had recruited the boys, some as young as four, from poor families by promising to provide them with a religious education.

AT the time of its military invasion of Afghanistan in October-2001 through Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), the stated U.S. objectives were to defeat the Taliban Government, eliminate Al-Qaeda, kill or arrest Osama Bin Laden (the Mastermind of 9/11) and establish a democratic government in Afghanistan. And he noted that the security threats in Afghanistan are "immense", and made the case that it is key to protecting the U.S. In 2013, the USA paradoxically adopted the policy of fight-and-talk simultaneously.

Pakistan on Tuesday rejected a claim by the BRICS Summit that militant groups based in Pakistan were a concern for the regional security, with country's Foreign Office and the defence minister saying none of the named group operates freely inside Pakistan.

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