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White House Officials say that President Trump is expected to announce the withdrawal of over 4,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan soon, NBC News reports.
Currently, the U.S. has between 12,000 and 13,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan. It’s unclear when the withdrawal would begin, but officials told the network that it would take place over a couple of months.
The article goes on to state the following:
On Thursday, Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzadsaid reportedly said that the U.S. was “taking a brief pause” in peace talks with the Taliban after a Wednesday attack by Bagram Airfield killed two Afghan citizens and wounded 70 more.
“U.S. Forces-Afghanistan has not received orders to reduce troop levels in Afghanistan,” NBC reports, citing a spokesperson for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan. “We remain fully committed to the Resolute Support mission and our Afghan partners, and focused on our key objective: ensuring Afghanistan is never again used as a safe haven for terrorists who threaten the United States, our allies or our interests.”
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