America is relying on additional navy withdrawal from Afghanistan to probably fewer than 5,000 troops as inter-Afghan peace talks progress, the Pentagon mentioned Monday.
“Over the subsequent 4 months, the USA will proceed to drawdown its drive ranges in Afghanistan based mostly on circumstances in-country,” the Division of Protection mentioned in a press release.
“Our present trajectory expects to see the variety of US service members in Afghanistan be under 5,000 by the tip of November.”
“As all the time, such drawdowns stay conditions-based and are applied after session with Congress and in direct coordination with our NATO Allies and companions,” the Pentagon added.
“The US navy presence in Afghanistan stays targeted on capabilities — not numbers.”
The Pentagon’s assertion was additional clarification for statements by Protection Secretary Mark Esper, who appeared Saturday to announce an impending troop withdrawal.
“We’re happening to a quantity lower than 5,000 earlier than the tip of November,” Esper mentioned, including that the Pentagon would first have to make sure that the US “just isn’t threatened by terrorists popping out of Afghanistan.”
US President Donald Trump throughout an interview with Axios final week additionally talked about reaching 4,000 to five,000 troops by the November presidential election.
The US presently deploys 8,600 troopers in Afghanistan, in accordance with a bilateral settlement signed February 29 in Doha between Washington and the Taliban.
Below the settlement, all overseas troops should go away Afghanistan by the spring of 2021, in alternate for safety commitments from the militants.