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With US general under fire, Afghans fear being abandoned by Trump - Middle East

KABUL — Afghans are alarmed by widespread reports that President Donald Trump has threatened to fire Gen. John Nicholson, the highly regarded U.S. military commander in this war-torn country, and that Trump has also delayed deciding on a military and political strategy Afghans have awaited anxiously for the past six months. Nicholson, 61, the top U.S. military official in Afghanistan for the past 16 months, has become the best-known face of Washington here, working closely with Afghan military and civilian officials, and vocally advocating expanded U.S. military engagement, while the Taliban and other insurgents continue aggressive attacks across the country. Now, with two U.S. servicemen killed in the past week, Trump's attack on Nicholson for failing to "win" the 16-year war has stunned Afghan officials and political leaders. They said a clear signal of continued support...

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