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India is nearer to Afghanistan, yet we are fighting for them: Donald Trump

Washington | US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday has asserted that India and Pakistan would have to fight against terrorists in Afghanistan at some point of time.

Trump’s comments follow a day after he clarified that American troops will not completely withdraw from Afghanistan.

“At a certain point Russia, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey they are going to have to fight their battles too. We wiped out the caliphate 100 per cent. I did it in record time but at a certain point all of these other countries where ISIS is around they have been decimated by the way, badly decimated,” Trump told reporters at the White House while responding to a question on the reemergence of ISIS in Afghanistan.

“All of these countries are going to have to fight them because do we want to stay there for another 19 years? I don’t think so. So, at a certain point other countries and that includes Russia and it includes Iran and Turkey and Iraq and Afghanistan and Pakistan and India,” he said.

He said that they are fighting Afghanistan despite being 7,000 miles away.

“Look, India is right there. They are not fighting it. We are fighting it. Pakistan is right next door. They are fighting it very little. Very, very little. It’s not fair. The United States is 7,000 miles away,” Trump said.

Trump said that the US under him has decimated ISIS.

“We haven’t been hearing much about ISIS. We took the caliphate 100 per cent. When I took it at 98 per cent I said all right, maybe we go home now, let these other countries in. Everyone went crazy. They said do 100 per cent. They said it was going to take a year. It took me a month and they are gone,” he said.

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