U.S. to Increase Financial Support up to $23 billion to Afghanistan

(Last Updated On: May 7, 2017)

U.S. President Donald Trump (C) gathers with Congressional Republicans in the Rose Garden of the White House after the House of Representatives approved the American Healthcare Act, to repeal major parts of Obamacare and replace it with the Republican healthcare plan, in Washington, U.S., May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos BarriaThe United Unites finance support to Afghanistan would increase from $4.5 billion up to $23 billion in a year, sources told Ariana News Saturday.

The sources said under the U.S. President Donald Trump’s new strategy the Taliban armed group would not have any foothold in Afghanistan.

Based on sources information:

– The Taliban will not find a secure place for their activities in Afghanistan.

– Overnight raids and air operations against the Taliban would increase.

– The Taliban would not be able to capture any district or province.

– The U.S. priority would be to fight against the Taliban, but peace with the group would be also an option.

– F-16 fighter jets are also deported to Afghanistan for the battle against the Taliban.

This comes as the U.S. is considering plan of sending up to 5,000 more troops to Afghanistan to break a stalemate with the Taliban insurgents.

Those forces are expected to be largely comprised of trainers to support Afghan forces, as well as air crews.

Since Trump took office the Taliban have staged deadly attacks, including the one, weeks ago inside Shaheen 209th Crops in northern Balkh province where Taliban insurgents killed more than 140 Afghan soldiers.

Afghan officials repeatedly claim most of the insurgents coming through Pakistan and pressure must be put on Islamabad to take actions against the militants in its soil.

“Pressure must be put on Pakistan and on the madrassas that train insurgents and the borders of the two countries [Afghan-Pakistan] should be well managed,” said former Deputy Interior Minister, Mirza Mohammad Yarmand.

Under the new strategy Afghan air forces would be computable with the U.S. air forces in 2020 and the force will have Black Hawk helicopters, the sources noted.

Meanwhile, there will be no specific date for the withdrawal of the U.S. forces and that strategy will boost Afghan economy, the sources concluded.

Reported by Qiam Noori, Edited by Shakib Mahmud

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