US announces withdrawal of more troops from Afghanistan and Iraq


The United States has announced it will withdraw its troops from Afghanistan and Iraq by mid-January.

Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller told reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday that the number of US troops in Afghanistan would be reduced to 2,500 by January 15 and to 2,500 in Iraq by the same time.

He said the withdrawal of troops from both countries did not mean a change in US policy or goals.

Miller added that measures to protect the global war on terror and its troops, diplomats, intelligence officers and allies would remain the same.

After speaking to reporters, Miller did not ask any questions.

It should be noted that the total number of US troops in Afghanistan is currently 4,500, while in Iraq it is 3,000. Under the proposed plan, the United States will withdraw another 500 troops from Iraq by January 15.

The plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, which Miller mentioned on Tuesday, was similar to that announced by US National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien in October this year. However, the Pentagon did not confirm this at the time.

According to Miller, he also spoke to a number of leaders before announcing a troop withdrawal plan, including members of Congress, General Jens Stoltenberg, head of the Western military alliance (NATO), and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Are

It plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and Syria. President Trump. It plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and Syria. President Trump

With the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, the number of US troops in Afghanistan will now be higher than in the United States.

US military officials say President Trump is reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan, but the Pentagon is pushing for a significant increase in the number of US troops there.

President Trump said in a tweet on October 8 that the withdrawal of all troops from Afghanistan should be completed before Christmas this year. The Pentagon later fell silent on President Trump's tweet.

After President Trump's tweet, the national security adviser said that President Trump's tweet regarding the withdrawal of troops by December 25 was in fact his 'wish' and not an order to the forces.

It should be noted that a peace agreement was signed between the United States and the Taliban on February 29 this year in Doha, the capital of Qatar, to end the longest war in the history of the United States in Afghanistan.

The agreement did not include the Afghan government, but it did include the exchange of prisoners between the Afghan government and the Taliban, as well as inter-Afghan negotiations, the complete withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan by the middle of next year, and the Taliban's use of foreign forces during that period. Other points include the guarantee of non-targeting and the establishment of a new government of mutual understanding in Afghanistan.

However, some circles inside and outside the United States do not seem to agree with the decision to reduce the number of US troops in Afghanistan. But analysts say the US announcement of a reduction in its forces from Afghanistan is in line with an agreement reached between the Taliban and the United States in February this year.

Analyst Najam Rafique says that although President Trump had announced that all US forces should withdraw from Afghanistan by Christmas this year. But now it seems that not all American troops are returning from Afghanistan.

Under an agreement reached between the United States and the Taliban in February this year, some issues remain to be settled, including a political settlement between the Afghan government and the Taliban over Afghanistan's political future.

According to Najam Rafique, although inter-Afghan peace talks have begun, they have not yielded any significant results.

Najam Rafique says US officials would like a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan.

On the other hand, Rahimullah Yousafzai, an expert on Afghan affairs, says that some US allies want the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan to be gradual and orderly so that there is no security problem in the country.

He said a statement from NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg had said that the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan should not be rushed because it would be a dangerous move. Rahimullah Yousafzai said NATO officials were opposed to the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan

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