It has been reported by The Wall Street Journal that President Donald Trump had considered withdrawing troops from Afghanistan while Pentagon officials have considered adding more troops to the war torn region.
Pentagon officials have talked about adding 3,900 to 4,000 additional soldiers to combat Taliban and Islamic State forces. The move of a partial or complete withdrawal from Afghanistan has been reportedly touted by the likes of White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, while other voices in the administration seem fixated on adding more troops.
If a partial or complete withdrawal were to take place, the U.S soldiers would have been replaced by private contractors to combat Islamist forces.
However, Pentagon and military officials have stated that Trump’s consideration has been put off the table and that it was never considered seriously by them.
A White House official stated, “The president recognizes that past approaches have not worked and he has tasked his team with developing a new way forward that is realistic, sustainable, cost effective and that protects U.S. vital national security interests”. We have yet to see what the White House and Pentagon will do when it comes to Afghanistan.