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Newsline: Lack of US Ambassador to Afghanistan Draws Criticism

At a time when the Trump administration has been slow to nominate U.S. ambassadors for posts around the world, there is increasing attention on the absence of an American ambassador in Afghanistan, where nearly 10,000 U.S. troops are deployed. Six months into his term, President Donald Trump has nominated 20 ambassadors and has had six confirmed. By this point in his first term, President Barack Obama had nominated 40, with three confirmed. A delegation of prominent U.S. senators visited Kabul and called on Trump to quickly nominate a permanent American ambassador to Afghanistan, citing a critical situation there.



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