Afghanistan draw down: 5,000 troops could return home if Taliban peace deal is signed
The U.S. may withdraw more than 5,400 troops from Afghanistan over the next twenty weeks, provided the Taliban agrees to a deal with the American government.
The deal was discussed in detail with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday, though final approval will rest with U.S. President Donald J. Trump.
The news was announced as a blast rocked the streets, damaging a residential compound outside of the Green Zone. In all, 16 were killed and 119 were injured.
Around 400 Afghan locals were escorted from the Green Zone following the blast, causing anger and rioting, which included burning tires.
“This is not the first time we suffer because of them,” resident Abdul Jamil told local journalists. “We don’t want them here anymore.”
According to the BBC, the Taliban control more of U.S.-occupied Afghanistan in 2019 than ever before.
In exchange for a gradual U.S. withdrawal, the Taliban has promised to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a militant base for enemies of the United States
The U.S. currently has about 14,000 troops in the country.
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