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U.S. troops will be in Afghanistan for 'several more years,' joint chiefs chairman says
By: Guy Taylor - The Washington Times - Sunday, November 10, 2019

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, participates in a briefing with President Donald Trump and senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

U.S. forces won’t be withdrawing from Afghanistan any time soon, according to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, who said Sunday the mission in America’s longest war will likely “be ongoing into the future for several more years.”

The effort to prevent Afghanistan from being a safe-haven for terrorists plotting attacks on the U.S. homeland is “ongoing” and has “been ongoing for 18 years,” Gen. Milley told ABC’s “This Week” in an interview a day before Veterans Day celebrations in the United States.

While his comments fit with the Trump administration’s stated posture toward the Afghan war, the joint chiefs chairman’s message may be seen to run counter to President Trump’s oft-stated claim to be getting America out of so-called “forever wars.”

Mr. Trump has touted the claim to supporters in light of his recent decision to draw down the number of U.S. forces in Syria.

Gen. Milley told ABC that Americans should think back to “the original reason why were are in Afghanistan to begin with, which is 9-1-1.”

“We went there in order to make sure that Afghanistan never again would be a haven, a safe-haven for terrorists that would attack the United States,” he said. “That mission is not yet complete and in order for that mission to be successful, the government of Afghanistan and the Afghan security forces are going to have to be able to sustain their own internal security to prevent terrorists from using their territory to attack other countries, especially the United States.”


Note: That's one of many hell holes we still have to cover. Leave and they will mushroom into another force of which we would have to come back fight it over and over again. These radical conflicts are like open wounds - they never heal only fester to come back again and again.


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