US to an­nounce 4,000-troop draw­down from Afghanista­n

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Washington, US - The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion will an­nounce as early as this week plans to with­draw around 4,000 troops from Afghanista­n, US me­dia re­ported.

Talks be­tween the United States and the Tal­iban re­sumed a week ago as the par­ties sought a path to re­duce vi­o­lence or even reach a cease­fire.

They were paused by Washington on Thurs­day, how­ever, af­ter an at­tack by the mil­i­tant group near a key US air base north of Kabul that left two civil­ians dead and dozens in­jured.

Ap­prox­i­mately 13,000 US troops are cur­rently in Afghanista­n, though the num­ber fluc­tu­ates ac­cord­ing to ro­ta­tions.

NBC 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.

Two of those sources said some of the troops would be re­de­ploy­ing early, while oth­ers would not be re­placed when they end their mis­sions.

(AFP)

A US sol­dier at Kan­da­har air base in Afghanista­n

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