Last week, media reports arose in the wake of the announced Syria
pullout that President Trump was also planning a substantial drawdown of
US ground troops from Afghanistna. This was to remove some 5,000 to
7,000 troops, depending on the report.
Gen. Scott Miller, the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, heard the same reports in the same newspapers as everyone else. He insists, however, that’s all he knows about it, and that he’s gotten no orders for any such drawdown.
Not that Gen. Miller ruled out such orders being forthcoming. Rather, he sought to downplay the drawdown, if and when it is ordered, saying US troops would remain committed to the war, just in a bit smaller numbers than currently.
It is unclear why the report of the troop cuts came out before orders were even sent, but the administration has given no signs that the drawdown isn’t going to happen. If done, this will reduce troop levels in Afghanistan by roughly half.
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