Nominee for Top US General: Afghan Withdrawal Would Be ‘Strategic Mistake’

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump’s nominee for the top military officer of the United States says leaving Afghanistan prematurely would be a "strategic mistake,” as the U.S. and the Taliban are negotiating a potential peace settlement to end nearly two decades of war.


"I think it is slow, it's painful, it's hard. I spent a lot of my life in Afghanistan, but I also think it's necessary," Army Gen. Mark Milley, the current Army Chief of Staff and nominee for Chairman of the...