U.S. Begins Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan

The United States has begun to withdraw troops from Afghanistan almost a week after the signing of the U.S.-Taliban Agreement.

The withdrawal of troops as part of the agreement to reduce the U.S. troops in Afghanistan to 8,600 over 135 days was announced by Col. Sonny Leggett, a spokesman with U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A).

“In accordance with the U.S.-Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Joint Declaration and the U.S.-Taliban Agreement, U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) has begun its conditions-based reduction of forces to 8,600 over 135 days,” Col. Sonny Leggett said in a statement.

“USFOR-A maintains all the military means and authorities to accomplish our objectives — including conducting counterterrorism operations against al-Qaeda and ISIS-K and providing support to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces,” he added. “USFOR-A is on track to meet directed force levels while retaining the necessary capabilities.”

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