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Trump: U.S. Forces Moving from Time-Based Strategy to Results-Based in Afghanistan

The president announced that U.S. forces will stay as long as necessary to finish the mission.

President Trump announced Monday night that U.S. forces in Afghanistan would move from a time-based mission to a conditions-based strategy in an effort to double down on the U.S. commitment to defeating the Taliban and affiliated terrorist organizations.

“A core pillar of our new strategy is a shift from a time-based approach to one based on conditions,” Trump said.

Echoing campaign themes, Trump announced that he would not make any public statements on troop levels or timetables: “I’ve said many times how counterproductive it is for the United States to announce in advance the dates we intend to begin, or end, military operations. We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities.”

“Conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables will guide our strategy from now on,” he added.

Trump argued that timetable-based approaches let the Taliban wait out U.S. forces.