Tue. Apr 23rd, 2024

In accordance with CNN, on June 30th 2017, US troops were withdrawing from Afghanistan.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis said, “The withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan is too rapidly.”

NATO’s secretary-general, his comments were in direct contrast to who said the withdrawal should have happened sooner.

NATO forces were coming according to BBC world.
US troops reached 130,000 in 2011 but were drawn down, leaving the Afghan military in control at the end of 2014. There are now 13,500 NATO troops there.

In Brussels NATO Defense Minister Mr. Mattis was speaking at a press conference after meeting.
He stated, “Looking back on it, it’s pretty much a consensus that we may have pulled our troops out too rapidly, reduced the numbers a little too rapidly.”

Diplomatic and US sources have suggested the number of US troops could increase by between 3,000 and 5,000 to try to counter a resurgent Taliban and the presence.

Mr. Stoltenberg said there would be more NATO troops for Afghanistan but gave no precise figure and said they would not be in combat roles.

“We’re in it for the long haul,” he said.

According to BBC World, “Afghanistan has been hit by numerous violent attacks in recent weeks, including a massive bomb attack in the capital, Kabul, that killed more than 150 people.”



Reporter: Syeda Faiza Bukhari


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