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US troops in Afghanistan down to just 2,500 by early in 2021

US National Security Advisor, Robert O'Brien said this Friday that the Trump administration had plans to bring US troop numbers in Afghanistan to just 2,500 confirming comments he had made the previous week.

Trump confirms withdrawal of 4,000 troops from Afghanistan

In a recent Axios interview, Present Trump again announced that he intended to withdraw another 4,000 US troops from Afghanistan by the time of the November US election. He estimates that 4 or 5 thousand will remain.

US envoy to Afghanistan on peace mission to several countries

Zalmay Khalilzad, the US envoy to Afghanistan, left of Friday for a trip that will take him to Afghanistan plus four other countries to promote the Afghan peace process and also push for intra-Afghan talks between the Taliban and Afghan government.

US House defeats an amendment to withdraw troops from Afghanistan

The US House of Representatives soundly defeated an amendment to the 2021 National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA) by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) that would establish a plan to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan.

Trump plans Afghanistan withdrawal of another 4,000 troops

As part of the peace deal the US signed with the Taliban the end of February the US agreed to withdraw troops down to 8,600 by the end of July. But by last week officials announced that withdrawals had already reached that target.

Op-Ed: Withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan continuing

US troops are continuing their withdrawal from Afghanistan. Even though there is no specific number provided by the Pentagon they do claim that they are taking place at a pace that is expected to meet the terms of the Taliban US peace deal.

Op-Ed: US and Taliban spar over carrying out Afghan peace agreement

The US Taliban peace deal signed the end of February is ongoing but both sides have reason to complain about the way in which it has not so far been carried out as originally envisioned.

Op-Ed: 75 percent of US veterans polled want withdrawal from Afghanistan

Nearly 75 percent of US veterans and almost 70 percent of their family members support a full withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, a new poll released Wednesday by a conservative activist group shows.

Op-Ed: US cuts $1 billion in aid to Afghanistan

The Trump administration cut $1 billion in aid to Afghanistan on Monday. This followed an visit to the capital Kabul by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Language of Afghan peace deal between Taliban and US finalized

Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheed reported Monday that the Taliban and US have finalized the language of a peace deal for Afghanistan. The US has has not yet confirmed this but had been indicating in recent days that a deal was imminent.

Afghans fear foreign security forces equally to the Taliban

The war is Afghanistan has been going on for 18 years. Afghans now fear foreign security forces to about the same degree as the Taliban. While only 1 percent trust the Taliban to negotiate peace for them only 0.5 percent trust foreign forces to do so.

Op-Ed: US general predicts US to stay in Afghanistan several more years

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair General Mark Milley predicted that US troops would stay in Afghanistan for several more years. This is the first such estimate since President Trump refused to accept a peace plan in principle negotiated with the Taliban.

Op-Ed: Pompeo says that US will reduce Afghan troops by 2020 election

Washington D.c. - Mike Pompeo US Secretary of State confirmed Monday that the Trump administration plans to reduce the number of US ground troops in Afghanistan before the 2020 election. However the timing and size of the reduction are not yet settled.

US Afghan airstrike wipes out unit of Afghan security forces

For a second time in less than a month US airstrikes carried out in "self defense" turned out to be actually attacking Afghan security forces. The strike yesterday ended up wiping out an entire unit but the exact number of deaths have yet to be disclosed,

Op-Ed: Joint US Afghan raid in Helmand province kills 22 civilians

Both Afghan officials and local residents claim that 22 civilians mostly women and children were killed in a joint U.S., Afghan operation carried out in the southern province of Helmand.

Op-Ed: Thousands of private contractors will remain in Afghanistan

Kabul - Obama has announced that he will retain at least 9,800 US troops in Afghanistan until 2016. However, he did not mention that there will also be a huge force of private contractors that will outnumber the remaining US troops.

Op-Ed: U.S. angered by Afghan report on bombings that killed civilians

Kabul - The Karzai government just released a report that gives in detail its on the spot findings about U.S. air strikes in Parwan on January 15 that the report claims killed at least 12 civilians and possibly as many as 17.

Karzai miffed as US marines shoot and kill child

Kabul - Karzai has long objected to civilian casualties in US raids. He has insisted they stop along with other demands before he will sign the long-term Bilateral Security Agreement recently agreed to and approved by parliament and a meeting of elders.

Op-Ed: Karzai ignores US deadline to sign bilateral security agreement

Kabul - The Obama administration gave Afghan President Hamid Karzai until the end of 2013 to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement that sets the terms and conditions for US troops to remain in Afghanistan through 2024 and even beyond.

Op-Ed: Afghan Loya Jirga approves bilateral security pact with US

The Loya Jirga or Afghanistan Grand Council requested that the Afghan President Hamid Karzai sign the bilateral security agreement with the US by the end of this year.

Op-Ed: Afghan parliament gets to vote on BSA but not US Congress

Kabul - The US is anxious that the Bilateral Security Pact with Afghanistan be signed by the end of the year. However,Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday (Nov. 21) said that it should wait to be signed after elections for president next year.

Op-Ed: Karzai says US Afghan security agreement signing to be deferred

Kabul - After caving in on every issue, Afghan president Hamid Karzai has resorted to a display of pique, no doubt to restore some political credibility.

Op-Ed: Hagel seeks agreement to keep troops in Afghanistan post 2014

Kabul - US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said that he hoped that an agreement on the future of US troops in Afghanistan would be finalized by November in spite of the fact that Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he is in no hurry to complete the deal.

Talks on US presence in Afghanistan after 2014 stalled

Kabul - The talks between the US and Afghanistan on a long-term agreement governing the US continued troop presence in the country were suspended last month by Karzai.

Senior US and Afghan officials negotiate details of earlier deal

Kabul - Senior US and Afghan officials are holding talks to work out details of an agreement signed a year ago that sets out the relationships between Afghanistan and the US between 2014 and 2024.

Op-Ed: Immunity demanded before US and NATO stay in Afghanistan

Kabul - NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen claimed that neither the US nor NATO troops would remain in Afghanistan after 2014 unless the Karzai government agrees to grant immunity to their troops from Afghan law.

Op-Ed: Afghan president Karzai orders US troops out of Wardak province

Kabul - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered US troops to withdraw from Wardak Province within two weeks. He accused US Special Forces in the province of producing "instability and insecurity".

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