Downsized US force in Afghanistan would still pack ‘lethal punch’: Trump ally

The US military can slash its troop presence in Afghanistan and still pack a "lethal punch," an influential American lawmaker…

The US military can slash its troop presence in Afghanistan and still pack a “lethal punch,” an influential American lawmaker and close confidant to President Donald Trump said Monday.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham also said it would be “insane” for the US to trust the Taliban to keep Al-Qaeda and other jihadists in check, attacking a cornerstone of a prospective deal between Washington and the Taliban.

Graham’s remarks came a day after US media reported that the Trump administration could announce plans as early this week to withdraw around 4,000 troops from Afghanistan.

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