As predicted ?
The US/NATO military presence in Afghanistan is NOT gonna disappear …
Trump has outed , as usual, a policy position….The word is around 8,600 troops leaving the country out of 13,000 to 14,000 currently there…
The Pentagon is NOT happy with this, but one would guess that with Trump looking for something?
Some troops will be sent home…
But there will be an American (And other NATO troops) in the country long after Donald Trump has left the stage….
The U.S. plans to cut its military forces in Afghanistan to 8,600 troops, President Donald Trump said today in the first on-the-record confirmation of the number.
“We’re going down to 8,600 and then we’ll make a determination from there as to what happens,” Trump told Fox News radio.
The Pentagon has not disclosed the number of troops it plans to leave in Afghanistan if administration negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad reaches a deal with Taliban representatives in Qatar. However, defense officials speaking on condition of anonymity have floated the 8,600 figure before. The Pentagon’s official current troop number is 14,000, although defense officials have said the true figure is closer to 13,000.
Trump also suggested some U.S. counterterrorism forces would remain in Afghanistan after a withdrawal. “We’re going to keep a presence there,”….