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U.S. State Department: ‘Afghan Policy Review Still Underway’

A U.S. State Department spokesperson says the U.S Afghan Policy Review is still underway.

Ms. Heather Nauert, the spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, made these comments while replying to a question concerning the review of US policy in Afghanistan being conduced by the Trump Administration.

“Our Afghan policy review is still underway. So they are looking at – our officials who are involved in that Afghan policy review, I’m just not mentioning right now. So that review is underway. That review continues. I’m not going to get ahead of what’s in that review. We’ll just have to wait and see what comes out of it,” said Heather Nauert.

This comes as the U.S. Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Senator John McCain, who recently visited Afghanistan, believes that Washington is currently losing the war in Afghanistan, saying the problem was the White House, which has not yet announced a clear strategy due to “disarray”.

“We have no strategy. And we are losing. When you’re not winning, you’re losing. And the ANA, the Afghan National Army, is taking unacceptable losses,” McCain said.

In the meantime, following the report that the U.S. President considered the idea of using private contractors to augment U.S. personnel on the ground in Afghanistan as opposed to U.S. military personnel, the White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, “We feel it’s important to get input from all perspectives, and all of the right people were part of that process throughout, in any conversation. 

“We’ve used contractors extensively over the last 16 years, Sanders said.  Currently, there are tens of thousands of contractors that are bravely serving alongside a lot of the U.S. military and coalition forces.  And we’re finalizing the review fully of the Afghanistan policy, and it only makes sense to consult those leaders in the field, as well.  And that’s simply just part of the review process.”

Recently, Hugo Llorens, the U.S. the Ambassador in Kabul, said that Washington’s strategy does not involve just Afghanistan alone, but also involves Pakistan and other Central Asian countries.

By: Muhamad ZackArya

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