Trump reportedly orders half of US troops in Afghanistan to withdraw

Trump reportedly orders half of US troops in Afghanistan to withdraw

December 21, 2018

The Trump administration will reportedly pull roughly half of all US troops out of Afghanistan — likely one of the first steps in ending the 17-year-long war in the country.

About 7,000 American troops will be brought home from the country in the coming months, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The 14,000 troops currently in Afghanistan are split between counter-terrorism forces and soldiers that are training and advising Afghan fighters

President Trump made the decision at about the same time he decided to withdraw all US forces from Syria, the New York Times reported, citing an unnamed official.

Trump’s decision on Syria caused the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, the Times also reported.

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