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Donald Trump Afghanistan announcement: Live stream as US president opens door for thousands more troopsTrump unveiled his plan for a “path forward” in a live television address to the nation01:57, 22 AUG 2017Updated03:54, 22 AUG 2017Speaking at Fort Myer, near Washington DC, he said: “We will ask our Nato allies and global partners to support our new strategy with additional troop and funding increases in line with out own we are confident they will.”
Trump, who has been a long time critics of America’s longest ever war, admitted he had wanted to withdraw from Afghanistan completey.
He seemingly backed a Pentagon plan to shore up the Afghanistan government and end a stalemate with the Taliban by sending more forces after nearly 16 years of the war, but refused to discuss numbers.
Trump also warned Pakistan the US will no longer tolerate the country being a “safe haven” for terrorists.
And he hinted that he would ask India to put more pressure on their neighbour. troop numbers are about 8,400.
It marks another U turn from the President who has previously been skeptical of America’s war in Afghanistan. military presence is needed to protect against a continuing threat from Islamist militants.
A US led coalition invaded Afghanistan and overthrew the Islamist Taliban government for harbouring al Qaeda militants who plotted the September 11 attacks.