Afghanistan Troop Draw Down may be Imminent

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Afghanistan Troop Draw Down may be Imminent

It’s been 18 years since the U.S. war in Afghanistan began. Despite vows by President Trump to bring American troops home from that nation, there are now more U.S. soldiers there today than when he was inaugurated. But U.S. negotiators appear close to an agreement with the Taliban that may lead to significant troop withdrawals.

 

President Trump is meeting with officials today to be briefed on the talks between the U.S. and the Taliban on ending hostilities in Afghanistan. If successful, the Taliban would then begin negotiations with government in Afghanistan and renounce ties to Al-Qaeda. That would trigger the immediate withdrawal of thousands of U.S. troops, to be followed by the withdrawal of thousands more after 18 months.

 

The presence of the U.S. military in Afghanistan is something that Donald Trump has denounced both during his campaign for the presidency and his time in office. He has long pushed to withdraw most military forces from that nation. However, officials from the armed forces and cabinet officers persuaded him to increase the military presence there two years ago.

 

An agreement that would lead to a negotiated cease-fire between the Taliban and the Afghan government along with the withdrawal of most U.S. troops would represent a significant change from the ongoing military actions that have lasted nearly two decades. NATO forces invaded Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks in 2001 to drive out the ruling Taliban government. The Taliban has been waging a war against the new government formed after the invasion.

 

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