According to US media reports, United States will announce the withdrawal of about 4,000 troops from Afghanistan later this week as talks between the United States and the Afghan Taliban resumed a week ago while the parties sought a way to reduce violence or even reach a ceasefire.
Approximately 13,000 US troops are currently in Afghanistan, though the number fluctuates according to rotations. US media on Saturday cited three current and former US officials as saying the Trump administration intends to announce a drawdown of 4,000 troops from Afghanistan.
The reports further stated that Washington has stopped from making that announcement on Thursday in a wake of an attack by a militant group near a major US air base in the north of Kabul that killed two civilians and injured dozens.
US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad held the first official talks with the Afghan Taliban in Qatar’s capital, Doha. Earlier, US President Donald Trump dropped a bombshell when he tweeted to cancel the secret summit at Camp David with Afghan Taliban and Afghan president. The reason for this abrupt cancellation was given that Afghan Taliban continues to attack Kabul and US and NATO troops.
Trump had said that he had planned unprecedented, albeit separate, talks with the two sides Sunday in Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland, but that the Taliban’s persistent, grisly campaign of violence made them untrustworthy partners.
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