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India has been prepared for a long time now for an “eventual” pullout of American troops from Afghanistan but surprised by the Trump administration’s sudden decision, as the rest of the world, it wants to know more about the nature and the time-frame of the cut-back to assess implications for its involvement.(AP)

India waits for Donald Trump’s clarification on US cut-back in Afghanistan

By Yashwant Raj | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2018 11:05 AM IST
Indians are concerned about the security of four consulates — Jalalabad (in the east), Herat (west), Mazar-e-Sharif (north) and Kandahar (in the south) — and the embassy in Kabul, personnel manning them and the projects India is running there as part of the reconstruction effort, as a top partner.
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US troops keep watch in Afghanistan. US President Donald Trump has announced plans to halve the number of US troops in the war-torn country (REUTERS File Photo)(REUTERS)
US troops keep watch in Afghanistan. US President Donald Trump has announced plans to halve the number of US troops in the war-torn country (REUTERS File Photo)(REUTERS)

India waits for details on US cut-back in Afghanistan

By Yashwant Raj | Hindustan Times, Washington
PUBLISHED ON DEC 22, 2018 11:43 PM IST
The Trump administration has decided to withdraw 7,000 of 14,000 American troops from Afghanistan, from America’s longest war yet at 17 years. But there has been no official announcement and, as the New Delhi source pointed out “not even a tweet” from President Donald Trump
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