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Trump says US troops will remain in Afghanistan as rapid exit would leave 'vacuum' for terrorists

Trump says US troops will remain in Afghanistan as rapid exit would leave 'vacuum' for terrorists --'We cannot repeat in Afghanistan the mistake our leaders made in Iraq,' President Trump says | 22 Aug 2017 | Donald Trump vowed to maintain America's military commitment in Afghanistan, sustaining America's longest war and reversing his previously staunch resistance to the US engagement there. In his first first nationally-televised prime-time address since January, the President laid out a vision short on concrete details, but strong on rhetoric - saying that US troops "will fight to win" in Afghanistan, as well as putting pressure on Pakistan to crack down on terrorist sanctuaries near its borders and calling for further help from India. While multiple reports earlier in the day that Mr Trump was ready to commit as many as 4,000 more troops to the country, the President pointedly declined to state specific details about troop totals.