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Doha accord: US reduces troops to 8,600 in Afghanistan

Doha accord: US reduces troops to 8,600 in Afghanistan

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19 Jun 2020 - 09:46
Doha accord: US reduces troops to 8,600 in Afghanistan
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19 Jun 2020 - 09:46


This marked fulfillment of the first phase pullout obligation under the US, Taliban agreement, Gen. Mckenzi said. 
“What I would tell you now is we have met our part of the agreement,” he told a panel discussion hosted by the Aspen Institute think tank. 
“We agreed to go to the mid-8,000 range within 135 days,” McKenzie said. “We’re at that number now.” 
According to the agreement signed late February between the US and the Taliban, the US would reduce its forces in Afghanistan to 8,600 within 135 days, which is mid-July.

The agreement also called for the full withdrawal of the US military from the country by May 2021 if the Taliban meets the conditions of the deal, including severing ties with terrorist groups. 
McKenzie called the full withdrawal an “aspirational” commitment, but also conditional: “conditions would have to be met that satisfy us that attacks against our homeland are not going to be generated from Afghanistan,” he said. 

“We all know already that [the Taliban] are no friends of ISIS (ISIL),” McKenzie said. “What we need to see is what they’re going to do against al-Qaeda. And we need to see that in deeds and not words.”  
Reports are saying that the US administration is looking at a range of options to withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan at an early date, with one possible option targeting this November, when the presidential election is scheduled.

While denying setting a target date, President Donald Trump said last month that he expected a full withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan “as soon as reasonable.”   
The war in Afghanistan is the longest one in US history. The death toll of US service members in Afghanistan has surpassed 2,400 since the invasion began in 2001.


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