“We don’t have the timelines for withdrawal like the previous administration. This administration been clear that our strategy is driven by conditions on the ground,” a senior administration official said. Pajhwok news reported.
The Ghani government, the official added, had shown he was serious and willing to engage the Taliban. “If there is no response, then we have to explore other ways to deny the Taliban the ability to achieve a military victory.
“If there are Taliban who are interested in coming to an accommodation with the Afghan government, there will be a path towards that. You can look at the history of the Hezb-i-Islami track and what has happened and that’s been quite successful.”
The Afghan government had shown it could, and was willing to, find a way to accommodate people who were willing to give up violence and become part of the process, the official continued.
He ruled out changing the South Asia strategy at this point in time. “We need to give the strategy a little bit more time. We have seen some signs that we’re moving in the right direction. We eroded the Taliban’s ability to achieve on the battlefield what they hope to achieve last year. We will do the same this year.
Calling the South Asia policy is a comprehensive strategy he said the military had been given a free hand to meet the challenge posed by the terrorists. There was also a clear US interest in the political track, he explained.