US President Donald Trump has said in a recent meeting with his national security team that the United States is “losing” in Afghanistan, according to a new report.
During the July 19 meeting in the White House Situation Room, Trump wanted to fire Army General John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, over his failure to improve security situation in the country where the United States sent forces about 16 years ago to defeat the Taliban but the militant group is still fully operative.
Trump asked Defense Secretary James Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford, a Marine general, to consider firing General Nicholson for not winning the war, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
“We aren’t winning,” Trump complained, the officials told the news network. “We are losing.”
General Nicholson has been the commander of US forces in Afghanistan since March 2016. Trump’s military advisers reportedly offered to arrange a meeting between the president and the general in order to help ease concerns, but Trump did not meet him.
In February, Nicholson was the first to call the war a stalemate and said that several thousand troops should be added to around 10,000 troops already stationed in the war-ravaged country to support the Afghan security forces against Taliban militants.(Presstv.com)