According to a US official, the US President Donald Trump is scheming to pull out over 5,000 from the 14,000 US troops stationed in Afghanistan. On the other hand, the US media tried to state that the plan of president Trump is a proof of the fact that his patience in America’s longest war is wearing away.
On Wednesday, Trump gave a cold shoulder to top advisers and resolved to withdraw all US troops from Syria. The resolution reached was swiftly followed by the hasty resignation of US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday over critical policy differences with the president.
An official who spoke on the condition of anonymity stated that the decision has been reached and verbal orders had been given to start planning for the withdrawal.
It isn’t understandable on how the US with less than 9,000 troops in Afghanistan would be able to accomplish their missions which are ongoing. The US would have to decrease its missions; thereby, offering a chance for a revived Taliban to extend their attack across Afghanistan.
Mattis had contended for keeping a strong US military presence in Afghanistan to strengthen diplomatic peace efforts.
The US declared to war against Afghanistan in 2001 in the after the 11 September, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, seeking to overthrow the Taliban rebels protecting Saudi-raised militant Osama bin Laden.
US officials are engaged in talks with the Taliban. The Taliban rebellion has enhanced its grip over the past three years, with the Kabul government controlling just 56% of Afghanistan, down from 72% in 2015.
Over 2,400 US military personnel have died in the 17-year long war in Afghanistan, and Pentagon officials have often cautioned that an abrupt exit would allow rebels to develop new plots against America.