The administration of President Donald Trump intends to announce the withdrawal of more than 4,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan, it has been reported.
The former and current U.S. officials privy of the development have told NBC News that the Trump administration intends to announce the draw down as early as next week.
The officials further added that the withdrawal would leave between 8 to 9 thousand troops in Afghanistan.
According to reports, the United States has between 12,000 to 13,000 troops in Afghanistan.
This comes as the U.S. Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Khalilzad on Thursday announced a brief pause in talks with the Taliban political leaders, days after resuming peace talks with the group which stalled in September.
Meanwhile, a U.S. Forces-Afghanistan has said “U.S. Forces-Afghanistan has not received orders to reduce troop levels in Afghanistan. We remain fully committed to the Resolute Support mission and our Afghan partners, and focused on our key objective: ensuring Afghanistan is never again used as a safe haven for terrorists who threaten the United States, our allies or our interests.”
Ambassador Khalilzad announced the ‘brief pause’ following a coordinated attack near Bagram airfield on Wednesday which killed 2 civilians and wounded at least 70 others.