“Wiped off the face of the earth”: Trump says he could win Afghan war “in 10 days”
United States President Donald Trump says he could win the war in Afghanistan “in 10 days” if he wanted to, but that it would cost millions of lives.
During a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday (local time), Mr Trump told reporters he “could win that war in a week. I just don’t want to kill 10 million people.”
He said: “If I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the earth. … It would be over in — literally, in 10 days.”
Mr Trump campaigned heavily on ending the nearly 18-year conflict, which he called “ridiculous” and said turned the US into the world’s “policemen.”
“I don’t want to go that route,” President Trump said of his “plan that would win that war in a very short period of time”.
“So we’re working with Pakistan and others to extricate ourselves.
“Nor do we want to be policemen, because basically we’re policemen right now. And we’re not supposed to be policemen”.
WATCH: President Trump says that he could win the 18-year Afghan War in 10 days, because he has plans that could wipe Afghanistan off the face of the Earth and kill 10,000,000 people, but "I don't want to go that route." pic.twitter.com/IftsRmBjpG
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 22, 2019
The Afghan conflict was one of the top agenda items for Mr Trump’s meeting with Mr Khan.
The Administration has been engaged in peace talks with the Taliban aimed at ending the war, which was launched after the terror attacks on the World Trade Centre on 11 September 2001.
Prime Minister Khan agreed with President Trump that the war must be brought to an end through peace talks.
“There is no military solution in Afghanistan,” he told reporters.
“If you go all-out military, there will be millions and millions of people who will die.”
Mr Trump said that Pakistan could help play a role in stabilising Afghanistan following an Allied withdrawal and suggested he could restore hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Pakistan “depending on what we work out.”
Australia has contributed greatly to the war, having played a major role in the initial invasion and committing approximately 26,000 defence personnel over the course of the conflict.
Around 1500 Australian Defence Force personnel remain deployed in Afghanistan.
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