Trump: We will withdraw all our troops from Afghanistan by Christmas.

By | October 8, 2020
Trump: We will withdraw all our troops from Afghanistan by Christmas.

Just hours after U.S. President’s National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien said U.S. forces in Afghanistan will shrink to 2,500 by early 2021, Donald Trump himself posted a Twitter message saying all troops should be home by Christmas.

“By Christmas, the small remaining number of our brave men and women serving in Afghanistan should be home!
A few hours before that tweet, O’Brien said U.S. troops will be down to 2,500 by early next year.

“Eventually, the Afghans will have to come up with an agreement, a peace agreement … it will be slow progress, it will be hard progress, but we think it’s a necessary step, we think the Americans need to go home,” O’Brien said.
As a result, Reuters said it’s not yet clear whether Trump gave the order or just voiced old intentions. But Trump, who intends to become president for the second time in a month, insists that leaving “ridiculous endless wars” is a cornerstone of his foreign policy.

The February agreement between u.s. and the Taliban envisages a complete withdrawal of u.s. and allied forces from Afghanistan. Since then, the number of troops has fallen from 13,000 to 8,600, and a further reduction to 4,500 is expected by November. O’Brien, however, said fewer than 5,000 troops are already in Afghanistan, but no confirmation or details have yet been provided.

Testifying before a House committee in September, U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad said once U.S. troops reach 4,500, the administration will “assess the actions we have taken and make decisions about it.