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8 midterms | Robot writers come to Walmart CIA’s Haspel to shorten senators on Khashoggi death MORE on Monday urged the international community to help end the war in Afghanistan and help regional leaders in their efforts to bridge long-term disagreements and say that conflicts in Afghanistan now has continued for “40 years.”
“In Afghanistan, it is now almost 40 years; 40 years is enough and it is time for everyone to embark, support the UN, support Prime Minister Modi, support President Ghani and all those who try to maintain peace and create a better world here. So we’re on that track, “Mattis told reporters ahead of a meeting with his Indian counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman.
The United States has had a military presence in Afghanistan 17 years since 2001 when it removed the Taliban government from power but Afghanistan has been in conflict since the late 1970s when US-backed Afghan guerrillas resigned from the Soviet Union from the country for a nine-year kind.
As the United States has been present, the troops have been baffled in an uprising brought by the Taliban and other armed groups.
Mattis noted that the United States is currently concerned about the impact of Pakistani based armed groups that have collided with US troops in Afghanistan.
“The presence of US troops in Afghanistan has also increased the American sensitivity to the nuclear weapons India and Pakistan rivalry. Washington and New Delhi share concerns about Pakistani-based anti-Western and anti-Indian Islamic militant groups,” he said, according to the Afghan media outbreak Tolo News.