Top US general says he is ‘not using the ‘withdraw’ word right now’ for Afghanistan

Washington (CNN)The top US general said he is “not using the ‘withdraw’ word right now” in regards to Afghanistan, as US and Taliban negotiators reportedly near a deal that could soon lead to the withdrawal of American troops. Asked about Iran, Esper said he was “not ready” to say escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf had stabilized, but said the situation is “so far, so good,” adding that the US hopes the Iranians will agree to meet to resolve tensions. Esper also said that while he is “concerned” about North Korea’s recent spate of short range ballistic missile tests, the United States is not going to “overreact” and remains focused on diplomacy. Dunford, who served as the commander of international …