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McMaster on Winning in Afghanistan: Don't 'Create a State in US Image'

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By    |   Friday, 25 August 2017 04:19 PM

Victory in Afghanistan for the United States will be "allowing Afghanistan to be Afghanistan, not to create a state in the U.S. Image," National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Friday.

"Winning in Afghanistan means there are not terrorist groups who are able to control key parts," he told reporters at the daily briefing, "and population centers there that could be used to mobilize resources, raise funds, use funds to conduct attacks against us and our allies and partners.

"That's what the success is: It ensures the safety and security of the American people."

President Donald Trump on Monday announced his strategy for Afghanistan, focusing on destroying the Islamic State and other terrorist groups and slamming Pakistan for giving extremists a safe haven.

"We are not nation-building again," Trump said Monday night. "We are killing terrorists."

McMaster told reporters that Trump's strategy also focuses on creating broader peace in the region.

"He wanted to have a sound regional strategy, not a strategy that lasts a year," he said. "We have had 16 one-year strategies in Afghanistan.

"It gives us the greatest chance largely in support of the Afghan government and their long struggle against groups and the Taliban and to integrate it with what we hope to achieve diplomatically.

"Afghanistan is connected to broader security concerns across the region," McMaster said. "It is to make sure it doesn't jeopardize the safety of the American people."

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Victory in Afghanistan for the United States will be "allowing Afghanistan to be Afghanistan, not to create a state in the U.S. Image," National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Friday.
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