Donald Trump 'ready to fire US commander in Afghanistan'

Donald Trump suggests dismissal of US Afghanistan war commander

The US president is reported to be frustrated at the situation in the country

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Donald Trump is considering sacking the top US general in Afghanistan in a bid to finally end the conflict in the country, according to new reports.

The reports centre on a meeting which took place in the White House Situation Room on July 19. US officials quoted on condition of anonymity claim the President expressed frustration with the ongoing fight against the Taliban. 

Based on these comments, The Express Tribune reports that Trump suggested to Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford be fired because he has been unable to win the war.

The officials left the meeting apparently "stunned" by the President's suggestion that the military was failing in its mission and losing the war.

There has also been the suggestion Steve Bannon, Trump's chief strategist, had a shouting match with a fellow official over US policy.

The White House did not comment on the meeting's content, and another gathering was due to take place today (Thursday August 3).

The US invaded Afghanistan 16 years ago, following the September 11 terrorist attacks, but American troops have been unable to break the deadlock in the country and large areas remain under the control of the Taliban.