Washington, August 8 (Xinhua) U.S. Defense Secretary esper said on the 8th that the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan will drop to less than 5000 by the end of November this year.
esper said in an interview with Fox TV that night that the US military forces in Afghanistan can still carry out core tasks despite the reduction in the number of troops. The most important thing is to ensure that the United States is not threatened by Afghanistan.
U.S. President trump said in an interview at the end of July that the size of U.S. troops in Afghanistan may drop to between 4000 and 5000 by the time of the presidential election in early November.
the US government and Afghanistan signed an agreement at the end of February this year. The US side has promised to reduce the number of US troops stationed in Afghanistan from about 13000 to 8600 within 135 days, and the remaining us and NATO coalition soldiers will leave Afghanistan within 14 months. It promised not to allow its members and members of other organizations, including Al Qaeda, to use Afghan territory to threaten the security of the United States and its allies.