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Trump considering options for new Afghanistan strategy - White House
August 18, 2017 / 9:39 PM / a month ago

Trump considering options for new Afghanistan strategy - White House

U.S. President Donald Trump steps from Air Force One upon his arrival in Morristown, New Jersey, U.S., after visiting Camp David in Maryland, August 18, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is considering his options for a new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and will make an announcement “at the appropriate time,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Friday after Trump met with his national security team.

U.S. officials told Reuters prior to the meeting at Camp David in Maryland that the options being presented to Trump range from a total pullout from Afghanistan, keeping the status quo of some 8,400 U.S. troops, a modest hike, or a small reduction that would focus on counter-terrorism.

Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Eric Beech; Editing by Eric Walsh

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