Afghan president: Trump's war plan better than Obama's
Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai addresses the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday. Photo: Frank Franklin II / AP
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Wednesday that Trump's strategy for the war in Afghanistan is better than Barack Obama's was, per Reuters. The winning points, per Ghani:
- Trump wants a regional approach
- Trump wants a harder line with Pakistan
- Ghani also pointed out Obama didn't have former Afghan President Hamid Karzai on board with U.S. plans
Trump's 4 year plan: Ghani also told NPR in an interview set to air Thursday that the goal with Trump's plan is to bring "80% of the territory of the country under" government control within 4 years, the AP reports. The Taliban currently holds about 50% of territory.
Earlier this week U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis announced the U.S. would be sending more than 3,000 additional troops to Afghanistan.