The New Paper

November 18, 2020

Trump administration announces troop withdraw in Afghanistan and Iraq

The Trump administration announced plans to withdraw 2,500 troops from Afghanistan and Iraq by January 15, bringing the total troops in each country to 2,500. The decision follows a phased troop withdrawal in Afghanistan that began earlier this year after the US and Taliban signed a peace agreement in February.

More context: The US-Taliban peace agreement in February aimed to end 18 years of conflict in Afghanistan and open the door to peace negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban (which began in September).

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