American Withdrawal Troops From Afghanistan

American Withdrawal Troops From Afghanistan

Updated on 22 October, 2019

GS2 International Relations

The size of the American force in the country had dropped by 2,000 over the last year, down to roughly 12,000. Background of the issue

    • The U.S. is already reducing the size of its troop force in Afghanistan despite the lack of a peace deal with the Taliban. 
    • The US President Donald Trump has expressed reluctance to remain engaged in costly wars abroad.
  • It is in line with the demand of the general public in the United States of America.

What will be the future move of the US amid Afghanistan Peace talks?

  • The US has stated that eventual force size could drop to as low as 8,600 roughly the size of an initial reduction envisioned in a draft agreement with the Taliban.
  • The cancellation of talks between the US and the Taliban will further speed up the troop withdrawal.

What is the implication of troop withdrawal on the peace talks?

    • The withdrawal of the American troops from Afghanistan was always the bargaining chip in the peace talks.
    • The move was envisaged hoping to get some concessions from the insurgent group, which has long demanded a complete troop withdrawal.
  • Hence, the current move of troop withdrawal can act as a leverage to conclude peace talks.

Also read: US-Afghan talks Taliban Peace Talks: Improved The Conditions For Peace

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