As Allies Grapple With U.S. Pressure on NATO, Europe Pleads for Caution in Afghanistan by James Marson and Jessica Donati – Wall Street Journal
European governments, stung by President Trump’s barbs against NATO and sudden ordering of a military pullout from Syria, are urging the U.S. to coordinate with them on plans to reduce forces in Afghanistan and avoid a unilateral withdrawal.
European allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization also worry that plans to put an end to the 18-year conflict could further undermine the alliance as it grapples with Mr. Trump’s expressions of doubt about its relevance.
U.S. and Afghan officials privately say that the status of NATO troops in Afghanistan will depend on Washington because allies are unlikely to stay if the U.S. withdraws. The U.S. is planning an exit as part of a deal with the Taliban, which wants U.S. troops out of Afghanistan…