US President Donald Trump/Photo: AFP / Getty Images / Nicholas Kamm)
US President Donald Trump/Photo: AFP / Getty Images / Nicholas Kamm)

US President Donald Trump says a quick withdrawal of his country from Afghanistan would leave a hole for terrorists to fill and possibly explore.

Trump, in his address to Americans on Monday, said his original instinct was to pull US troops out, but he now wanted to avoid the mistakes made in Iraq.

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The Republican president said he wanted to shift from a time-based approach in Afghanistan to one based on conditions on the ground and said he would not set out deadlines.

Hear what he said, “America will work with the Afghan government, so long as we see commitment and progress.”

Trump also warned Pakistan that the US would no longer tolerate the country offering “safe havens” to extremists.

And while Criticising previous administrations, he said: “We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans.”

However US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis indicated some sort of increase was on the cards, saying in a statement “several” US allies “have also committed to increasing their troop numbers”.