India in Afghanistan Sustained Commitment and Working with Partners Way Ahead

Portends of a United States pull out from Afghanistan were evident for some months now. The reports that U.S. President Donald Trump is planning to cut back the forces of the country by half highlighted by multiple media sources quoting officials of the Administration in Washington should therefore not be surprising. While announcing the US South Asia Strategy in August last year, President Trump admitted that the decision was against his own instinct. Thus the question then was not if the US would continue in Afghanistan but when it would pull out. ....................There are concerns over the impact of the pull out on countries as India who have based their commitment in Afghanistan on the security cover provided by the US and NATO forces presence in Kabul given stiff resistance by Pakistan to Indian role. Yet Post 2019 Afghanistan need not be a redux of 1989 when the Soviet Union pulled out of the country which led to occupation of Kabul by the Taliban seven years later in 1996 after a bloody civil war.................................

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