US President Donald Trump unveiled his administration's new strategy to prolong military presence in Afghanistan, as the Taliban militant group warned that the country would become "a graveyard" for the US.
Trump said he would prolong the military intervention in the South Asian country, which he once described as a "complete waste."
"My original instinct was to pull out, and historically I like following my instincts, but all of my life I heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office," Trump said in a nationally televised speech Monday night before a military audience at Fort Myer.
He further described his decision to continue the US military intervention, albeit with conditions.
"Our commitment is not unlimited, and our support is not a blank check. The American people expect to see real reforms and real results."
Trump, however, did not provide details about an exact number of troops or the exact cost of his decision. The White House has given the Pentagon authority to deploy another 4,000 more troops on top of the 8,400 already in the country.
Trump's willingness to further commit to the war in Afghanistan, rather than withdraw, represents a significant shift in his approach since taking office.
Meanwhile, the Taliban terrorist group warned that Afghanistan would become "a graveyard" for the United States few hours after Trump's announcement.
"If America doesn't withdraw its troops from Afghanistan, soon Afghanistan will become another graveyard for this superpower in the 21st century," Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban in Afghanistan, said in a statement.
He added that America should think of an exit strategy "instead of continuing the war."
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team