On November 17, Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller announced that the US will withdraw 500 troops from Iraq and 2,000 from Afghanistan before January 15, 2021.
“I celebrate this day as we continue the president’s consistent progress in completing the mission we began two decades ago,” Miller said. According to him, the decision was a “collaborative” one between Trump and senior US military leaders.
Miller added that negotiations with the Taliban are still “ongoing.” Earlier, Washington signed an agreement with the Taliban promising a full troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by mid-2021 if they upheld agreed-upon counterterrorism measures. As a result Taliban forces halted attacks on US troops in Afghanistan. However, the final deal is yet to be reached.
Meanwhile, the peace between the Taliban and the US-backed Kabul government has not been reached and the group has been developing advance on positions of government forces in several regions.
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— Department of Defense 🇺🇸 (@DeptofDefense) November 17, 2020
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