Also on Thursday, influential Republican Senator and Chairman of the Senate's Armed Services Committee, John McCain, apparently having lost patience over the delayed announcement of the policy, unveiled his own strategy on Afghanistan which, he said, he would present in Senate in September as an amendment to the annual defense authorization bill.
President Trump on Thursday said that he was getting closer to a new Afghan policy amid criticism over a delay in taking a decision that has even caught USA and Afghan military commanders by surprise, media reports said. "The thousands of Americans putting their lives on the line in Afghanistan deserve better from their commander in chief".
U.S. National Security Adviser Gen H.R. McMaster conveyed the stern message of President Donald Trump to Pakistan to change its "paradoxical" policy of supporting the Taliban, Haqqani network and other militants who are causing the country great losses.
McCain, who is now undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer, said he will likely seek a vote on his strategy that would amend the current plan when the Senate returns in September and addresses the annual defense policy bill.
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Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisTrump briefed on helicopter "mishap" that left 3 Marines missing Air Force purchases bankrupt Russian firm's planes for Air Force One Dems to Mattis: Don't comply with Trump's "unconstitutional" transgender ban MORE promised to deliver one to Congress by mid-July, but nothing has materialized as the administration is racked by deep divisions over the USA role in Afghanistan.
National security adviser H.R. has recommended to increase the number of USA troops in war-ravaged Afghanistan to bolster American forces in the country, CNN reported.
McCain does not specify how many troops would be necessary to "turn the tide", but he calls for an "enduring United States counterterrorism presence in Afghanistan".
McCain, the Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the US needs to put strict conditions on continued assistance to Afghanistan requiring Kabul to demonstrate "measurable progress" in curbing corruption, strengthening the rule of law and improving the government's financial transparency.
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McCain's approach envisions better harnessing USA military and civil strengths in order to "deny, disrupt, degrade and destroy" the ability of terrorist groups to use Afghanistan as a sanctuary and then seek a "negotiated peace process" that leads to Afghan political reconciliation. And McCain proposes longer-term support that will allow the Afghans to develop and expand their own intelligence, logistics, special forces and air lift operations.
USA military and economic support would also be "strictly" conditioned on the Afghan government meeting benchmarks on anti-corruption and other reform efforts.
The idea is to force the Taliban and other terror groups to the negotiating table in Afghanistan to secure peace.
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