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    Trump Administration Officials at Odds Over C.I.A.’s Role in Afghanistan

    Trump Administration Officials at Odds Over C.I.A.’s Role in Afghanistan

    9/2/19
    WASHINGTON — Senior White House advisers have proposed secretly expanding the C.I.A.’s presence in Afghanistan if international forces begin to withdraw from the country, according to American officials. But C.I.A. and military officials have expressed reservations, prompting a debate in the administration that could complicate negotiations with the Taliban to end the war. Some administration officials want C.I.A.-backed militia forces in Afghanistan to serve as part of a counterterrorism force that would prevent the resurgence of the Islamic State or Al Qaeda as American military troops prepare to leave — in effect, an insurance policy. But others are skeptical that the shadowy militias, many of which face accusations of brutality, can serve as a bulwark against terrorism without the support of the American military. The C.I.A. director, Gina Haspel, has raised logistical concerns about the plan with other administration officials, emphasizing that the agency operatives — who marshal the militias to hunt Taliban, Qaeda and Islamic State militants — largely depend on the military for airstrikes, overhead surveillance, medical support and bomb technicians.

    The issue could pose an obstacle as American and Taliban negotiators seek a deal to end the longest war in United States history. The Taliban have made clear that they see little difference between American military troops and C.I.A. officers, and they have insisted in the current peace talks in Qatar that the C.I.A. must leave along with international military forces in the coming months or over the next few years. Supporters of the plan to expand C.I.A. support for the militias believe it could address the most potent critique of the peace talks: that a withdrawal of American forces would leave the United States with little ability to prevent terrorist groups from once again using Afghanistan as a base of operations. “The high-end forces, including C.I.A.-supported forces, are not going to win any war for you, but they may degrade the capability of terrorist groups,” said Seth G. Jones, a scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a former adviser to the commanding general of American Special Operations forces in Afghanistan.
    They best figure something out pronto. Trump is going to order a US withdrawal from Afghanistan as part of his re-election strategy package, irrespective of whether the timing is optimal or not.


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    Re: Trump Administration Officials at Odds Over C.I.A.’s Role in Afghanistan

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    They best figure something out pronto. Trump is going to order a US withdrawal from Afghanistan as part of his re-election strategy package, irrespective of whether the timing is optimal or not.
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    Re: Trump Administration Officials at Odds Over C.I.A.’s Role in Afghanistan

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    Remember when liberals pretended to oppose forever wars?
    No. Not a Liberal. Tell us about it though.


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