The Trump administration has reportedly decided to withdraw a “significant” portion of U.S. forces in Afghanistan after Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis announced earlier in the day that he is resigning from his position.
Agence France-Presse tweeted: “Decision made for “significant” US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, US official says.”
“More than 7,000 American troops will begin to return home from Afghanistan in the coming weeks, a U.S. official said,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “The move will come as the first stage of a phased drawdown and the start of a conclusion to the 17-year war that officials say could take at least many months.”
The move comes after Mattis said in his resignation letter that “our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships…Like you, I have said from the beginning that the armed forces of the United States should not be the policeman of the world.”- READ MORE