We’ll always have a presence: Trump says 8,600 US troops will stay in Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump mentioned that Washington plans to depart 8,600 American troops in Afghanistan, however prompt additional cuts may comply with – over 15 years after President Bush boasted main victories towards terrorists there.

President Trump introduced the doable drawdown on Thursday morning in an interview with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade.

Even if an settlement is reached with the Taliban militants, there could be no full discount of the army personnel. Rather the presence of US troops in the nation – now at round 14,000 – will be reduce by almost 40 %.

“We’re going down to 8,600 and then we make a determination from there,” Trump mentioned. Additional cuts may come later, however not a full withdrawal.

We’re lowering that presence very considerably and we’re going to always have a presence. We’re going to have excessive intelligence.

The Taliban beforehand insisted on a full American withdrawal from Afghanistan, however the militant faction and Washington reportedly resolved variations over that query earlier this month. The ninth spherical of negotiations between the 2 events to finish the 18-year-old struggle started in Qatar final week.

The potential peace deal is claimed to entail a discount of US troops in trade for ensures from the Taliban that it gained’t use Afghanistan as a “safe haven” for terrorism, in addition to an eventual ceasefire between the Taliban and the US-backed Afghan nationwide authorities.

The 2001 US invasion of Afghanistan got here on the heels of the September 11 terrorist assaults, which left 1000’s lifeless and injured in New York, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania. After three years combating the Taliban – who Washington accused of harboring the 9/11 plotters – President George Bush declared Afghanistan to be the “first victory in the war on terror,” but the battle drags on 15 years later.