US begins withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan after signing deal with Taliban

Exactly after 10 days of signing a deal with Taliban in Doha, the US has begun withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, a spokesman for US Forces in Afghanistan said on Monday.

“In accordance with the US-Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Joint Declaration and the US-Taliban Agreement, US Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) has begun its conditions-based reduction of forces to 8,600 over 135 days,” said US Forces’ Afghanistan spokesman Colonel Sonny Leggett in a statement quoted by the US media.

“USFOR-A maintains all the military means and authorities to accomplish our objectives – including conducting counter-terrorism operations against al-Qaeda and ISIS-K and providing support to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces,” the statement read.

“USFOR-A is on track to meet directed force levels while retaining the necessary capabilities,” it added.

In a bid to bring peace to Afghanistan a deal was signed with the Taliban.


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