U.S. Plans Withdrawal of 7,000 Troops From Afghanistan, Official Says

Of course Trump should withdraw troops from Syria — and everywhere else for that matter

Of course Trump should withdraw troops from Syria — and everywhere else for that matter

Mattis abruptly submitted his resignation letter on Thursday after meeting President Donald Trump at the White House to discuss the president's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria. They carry out near-daily attacks, mainly targeting security forces and government officials.

FILE - Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani (R) and US special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad (L), meet in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 10, 2018. In Syria, Mr. Trump ordered an immediate withdrawal.

"They're ecstatic", Graham said of US adversaries.

The Taleban insurgency has strengthened its grip over the past three years, with the government in Kabul controlling just 56 per cent of Afghanistan, down from 72 per cent in 2015, a United States government report showed.

"This signals to the Taliban that the U.S.is serious about negotiating an exit", says Smith, adding that it would erode the militant's skepticism that Washington is open to withdrawing from Afghanistan.

Graham also said he is looking to hear from the Pentagon, whose chief, Mattis, tendered his resignation on Thursday in protest against the Syria decision.

Despite those changes, the war has been viewed skeptically at best by the USA public.

According to the report, those who are part of the 7,000-troop withdrawal will be a mixture of forces from both of those missions.

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"I have no plans to go back into public service", Keane answered. Their ouster of the Taliban returned to power former warlords, whose bitter infighting and runaway corruption had resulted in vast tracts of the capital Kabul being destroyed and given rise to the Taliban, who used a strict and harsh interpretation of Islam to restore calm to the country.

Earlier this month, the incoming commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, Lieutenant Richard Clarke, told senators the Taliban was thought to be around 60,000-strong-a much higher number than has been estimated by the military in the past.

French, British, and Danish jets have also contributed to US-led air strikes, while Germany has provided logistical and reconnaissance support for the campaign.

The U.S. pays the bulk of the country's $6 billion annual defense budget and has poured $77 billion into the security forces here since 2005.

But even if the foretold massacres did not take place, it would leave Russian Federation as the main foreign power in the country, fulfilling Putin's objective to gain a strategic foothold in the Mediterranean Sea region.

"I want to work with people like Barbara Lee and the broader Progressive Caucus to make sure we had consensus on what the right approach is, because I know there are other members who also believe we need to pull out", Khanna said. He added that one of the most damaging things to the security forces here would be to put a timeline on USA support and announce a withdrawal based on it.

"We believe the USA withdrawal from Syria is a positive contribution to the peace process", said the group's co-founder Medea Benjamin.

"I believe the Taliban will see this as a reason to stall, and therefore it disincentivizes the Taliban to actually talk to the Afghan government, which it has refused to do", said Bill Roggio an Afghanistan analyst with the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Afghan forces remain deeply reliant on US support to maintain current levels of control and protect cities vulnerable to Taliban capture.

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