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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 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.

Op-Ed: Trump to leave 4,000 troops in Afghanistan until after election

The US has already reached the reduction of troops in Afghanistan from around 12,000 to a lower level of 8,600 as required by an agreement signed with the Taliban the end of February.

Senate amendment on Afghan troop withdrawal defeated

US troop cuts in Afghanistan have brought the number of troops in the country to the lowest level since the US invaded back in 2002.

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.

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 officials make plans for possible withdrawal from Afghanistan

Washington - Pentagon officials are quoted by NBC news as claiming they are engaged in prudent planning for a quick withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan should US President Trump decide to do so.

US may agree to remove 5,000 troops from Afghanistan

Doha - As the new round of peace talks between the Taliban and the US get underway in Doha there are reports that a peace deal could be reached soon. The deal could include the US withdrawing 5,000 troops as an initial cut.

Op-Ed: U.S. troops still battling Islamic State fighters near MOAB blast

U.S. troops with their Afghan allies are still battling suspected Islamic State fighters in the area where the massive Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) was dropped last week in eastern Afghanistan, according to a U.S. military official.

Afghan army accused of illegal killings

Kabul - The White House has asked that the Afghan government investigate as many as 15 cases of possible illegal killings carried out by Afghan security forces. There have been seven incidents so far this year.

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.

Afghanistan and Iran agree comprehensive cooperation pact

Tehran - Afghanistan and Iran are to sign a friendship and cooperation pact designed to bolster cooperation between Kabul and Tehran, it was announced Sunday.

US may not have any troops in Afghanistan after 2014

Kabul - The planned 2014 departure of US troops from Afghanistan has reportedly hit a roadblock with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai insisting on new terms and conditions before he signs the bilateral security accord (BSA).

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: 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.

Op-Ed: General wants 13,600 US troops in Afghanistan after 2014

Washington - Centcom commander General James Mattis wants at least 13,600 US troops together with about 7,000 other NATO troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014.

Op-Ed: U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan past 2014

Kabul - The U.S. is negotiating with the Karzai government to extend U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan past 2014 even as Vice President Joe Biden said that the U.S. is leaving Afghanistan in 2014.

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