Officials from the administration US President Donald Trump are pushing Afghan forces to move their soldiers to big cities like the capital Kabul, sources say.
Citing three officials familiar with the president’s war strategy, The New York Times reported Sunday that the incentive is avoiding aggressors’ attacks in isolated outposts manned by Afghan forces.
The officials further told the daily that the approach is a previously undisclosed part of the war strategy that the president announced in 2017.
“The withdrawal resembles strategies embraced by both the Bush and Obama administrations that have started and stuttered over the nearly 17-year war. It will effectively ensure that the Taliban and other insurgent groups will hold on to territory that they have already seized, leaving the government in Kabul to safeguard the capital and cities such as Kandahar, Kunduz, Mazar-i-Sharif and Jalalabad,” read the report.