(21 Dec 2017) U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has outlined President Donald Trump’s strategy in Afghanistan during a surprise trip to Bagram Air Base.
Pence says that Trump has “put Pakistan on notice” and that the country has much to lose if it continues to harbor terrorists.
Pence told hundreds of U.S. troops in a speech in an airport hangar Thursday that too often Pakistan has provided “safe haven” to the Taliban and other terrorist groups. Pence says, “Those days are over.”
Pence arrived in Afghanistan four months after President Donald Trump outlined a new strategy to break the stalemate in America’s longest war. Pence’s surprise visit is the first to the war-torn country by either Trump or the vice president. Pence landed at Bagram Air Base under heavy security on Thursday.
He met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, as well as U.S. troops and U.S. military leaders.
Trump released his new strategy for ending the 16-year war in Afghanistan in August. The president said U.S. troops would “fight to win” by attacking enemies and crushing terrorists.
Pence also commented on Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital, saying wasn’t “surprised of some of the negative reaction,” but recognizes the importance of making a final decision. es***
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