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Gen. Miller rebuffs reports of halting US forces operation in Afghanistan

13 Aug 2019 Afghanistan Times

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KABUL: The US and NATO Forces Commander in Afghanistan, Gen.

Scott Miller has rebuffed a report published in Newsweek that claims, “operations

against the militant group in Afghanistan have significantly reduced or halted

as the Pentagon continues to plan for a potential withdrawal of thousands of US


Gen Miller in a statement on Tuesday not only rejected the

report but said they have no such orders and have made no such changes.

“This article is inaccurate and speculative, citing unnamed

sources who are likely as far from the subject as they are from Afghanistan

itself. The characterizations of changes to our authorities and operations have

no basis in fact. We have no such orders and have made no such changes,” Miller


Quoting senior Pentagon officials, Newsweek reported that US

personnel have been ordered to limit nearly all offensive combat operations

against the Taliban and cease advising the Afghan National Defense and Security

Forces as the Trump administration proposes cutting US troop strength in

Afghanistan by nearly half to 6,000 as a means of finalizing “technical”

details among Taliban leadership.

This comes as US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation

Zalmay Khalilzad fled from Qatar to Washington DC after concluding eight round

of talks with Taliban started in August third.

“Over the last few days, the two sides focused on technical

details. They were productive,” ambassador Khalilzad tweeted.

Moreover, in his Eid message, Khalilzad hoped this was the

last Eid where Afghanistan is at war. “I know Afghans yearn for peace. We stand

with them and are working hard toward a lasting and honorable peace agreement

and a sovereign Afghanistan which impose no threat to any other country,” he


“Many scholars believe that the deeper

meaning of Eid al-Hadha is to sacrifice one’s ego. Leaders on all sides of the

war in Afghanistan must take this to heart as we strive for peace. My very best

wishes,” he tweeted.

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