Trump defends Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, garbling facts in the process

Marsha Scott
January 4, 2019

He also went on to question the roles played by other neighbouring countries such as Russian Federation and Pakistan.

The Trump administration announced early previous year that it was suspending security assistance to Pakistan over differences on Afghanistan but indicated that training programmes for military officers will continue.

Press reports of a decision by President Donald Trump to begin removing USA forces from Afghanistan began emerging in late December, shortly after the White House declared victory over ISIS fighters in Syria and ordered that American troops be pulled from that war-torn country.

As the U.S. mulls over withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, national security advisers (NSAs) of India and Afghanistan will meet in Delhi on 4 January to discuss the security situation in the country. I don't know who's using it in Afghanistan but... We are talking to the Taliban. "You know, living - think of this - living in Pakistan, beautifully in Pakistan in what I guess they considered a nice mansion, I don't know, I've seen nicer", he said, referring to bin Laden and his former compound in Abbottabad.

But in a freaky aside, the president defended the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. But he could not hide his irritation while recalling that the Indian PM's "constant" harping on the library did not quite impress him. Donald Trump added that India building a library in Afghanistan is just five hours of work what United States has done.

In his comments, Trump chided Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his talk of funding an unidentified library in Afghanistan.

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The U.S. Army from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Afghan commando forces man a checkpoint during a patrol against Islamic State militants at the Deh Bala district in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, on July 7, 2018.

Indian officials said New Delhi has been implementing a range of mega infrastructure projects that would go a long way in stabilizing the country and believes in the critical role that such assistance can play in transforming human lives.

India has provided $3 billion in assistance to Afghanistan and is the largest donor in the region to the war-torn country. Trump had said in response to a question. "But India makes billions of dollars in trade from the United States and we want them to help us more with Afghanistan, especially in the area of economic assistance and development", he had said.

India on Thursday reminded the United States that it does not send soldiers overseas but for U.N. Peacekeeping Operations. They were right to be there.

India is considering supplying additional military hardware to Afghanistan to help it combat terrorists, according to people aware of the matter. Pakistan is there. They should be fighting.

The Soviets invaded the Central Asian country in 1979 in order to install a friendly government there.

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