A new study by a US institution shows that a slight majority of voters support the United States President Donald Trump on his decision to withdraw troops from Syria and reduce the military presence in Afghanistan.
The poll by the Harvard CAPS/Harris poll, released exclusively to The Hill, shows that 52 percent of respondents said they back the moves in Syria and Afghanistan. By contrast that 48 percent said they oppose the troop withdrawals and reductions, the poll found, as quoted by The Hill in a report on December 29.
According to the poll, an larger majority – 69 percent – said that it is important for the US to keep ground troops in the Middle East, The Hill reported.
This comes amid reports which suggest that Trump has not ordered withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.
“The president has not made a determination to drawdown US military presence in Afghanistan and he has not directed the Department of Defense to begin the process of withdrawing US personnel from Afghanistan,” the Bloomberg News quoted Garrett Marquis, a spokesman for the National Security Council, as saying in an emailed statement on Friday.
The Wall Street Journal was first to report about the possible reduction of US forces in Afghanistan.
The US and NATO Forces Commander in Afghanistan Gen. Scott Miller in a meeting with Nangarhar governor last week on Sunday assured that they will continue to support the Afghan forces even if they get an order about troop withdrawal – an issue which Miller said is rumors by “newspapers”.
“I have seen the same rumors I have from the newspapers but all I would assure you is first of all I have no orders, so nothing changed,” he said in the meeting.
There are at least 14,000 forces in Afghanistan who are engaged in counterterror as well as train and advise mission for their Afghan counterparts.