Afghan war ‘still in stalemate’

General John Nicholson, the top US Army commander in Afghanistan, has acknowledged that the war in the country “is still in a stalemate.”

“We are only 90 days into this new policy, but with the U.S. forces that will be arriving, with the new authority that we have been given, put the pressure on external enablers, with the fact that we are condition based and not time based, we’ve set all the conditions to win,” Nicholson told NBC News.

Nicholson’s assessment of the overall status of the war in Afghanistan reflected President Donald Trump’s speech he gave in a video conference Thursday to US troops in that country.

“I have to say just directly to the folks in Afghanistan: Everybody’s talking about the progress you’ve made in the last few months since I opened it up,” Trump told members of the Army’s 82nd Airborne First Brigade Combat Team.

 “We opened it up, we said go ahead, we’re going to fight to win. We’re not fighting…

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