The Trump administration reportedly is looking into pulling as many as 4,000 troops from Afghanistan in the coming weeks. President Trump has said that he wants to begin withdrawing troops.
NBC News first reported the news late Saturday. It would be a major reduction in the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. There are currently between 12,000 and 13,000 U.S. troops in the country.
Military commanders said they haven’t yet received any orders to begin a drawdown but NBC quoted administration officials who said that the U.S. is looking to begin a phased withdrawal that will pull troops out over a period of several months.
The conflict in Afghanistan is now the longest war in American history. Some lawmakers say that President Trump so far has not met his goal of bringing large numbers of troops home from the Middle East.
Sen. Rand Paul on the newly released Afghanistan Papers: “I think our American soldiers deserve better, and it’s been Republican and Democrat administrations … Donald Trump has pledged to bring some out and hasn’t necessarily followed through with it” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/eYzfEJehXd
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