"There may be a time, but it's going to be a long time", Trump said during a working lunch with the UN Security Council at the White House.
But U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan told a news conference in Kabul there was no change in the U.S. policy of forcing the Taliban through military pressure into talks. It is a whole different fight over there.
There's a similar story in the data breaking down which side controls the most people.
"The number of districts controlled or influenced by the Afghan government had been one of the last remaining publicly available indicators for members of Congress - many of whose staff do not have access to the classified annexes to SIGAR reports_and for the American public of how the 16-year-long USA effort to secure Afghanistan is faring", he added.
"There clearly is a tension right now between SIGAR and the USA military. about access to data", said Seth Jones, the director of the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic & International Studies.
" Abdul Qahar, father of one of the terrorists involved in last week attack on #Kabul Intercontinental Hotel, concedes his son was trained in Chaman of #Balochistan Province of #Pakistan by the Inter-Services Intelligence of Pakistan.Qahar is now in custody of Afg authorities", he tweeted.
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Afghanistan's U.N. Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal told Reuters yesterday that fighting needed to continue against certain elements of the Taliban. He pledged to "finish what we have to finish". The goal of the Afghan government is to control 80% of its population within the next two years.
Lieutenant Colonel Mike Andrews, a spokesman from the US DoD, said: 'In this case, NATO's Resolute Support, as the original classification authority, made a classification determination that restricted the public, unclassified release of the information'. They cited an Afghan government request to do so.
Jennifer Glasse, reporting for NPR from Kabul, says five heavily armed assailants stormed the police guard outside the Marshal Fahim academy Monday and that Afghan soldiers battled the attackers for several hours. We feel pity for the innocent Afghan people who are losing their loved ones in such gruesome suicide attacks.
The US government has sometimes referred to such numbers in the 16-year-old war to show how the Afghan security forces are faring against a resurgent Taliban.
He noted the "irony" that as recently as December the Pentagon had made public figures comparable to those he's now been barred from reporting, including in a November briefing for reporters by General John Nicholson, commander of USA forces in Afghanistan.