The U.S. Military officials have refuted the Taliban statement suggesting that the U.S. Military has agreed to withdraw half or 50 per cent of its troops from Afghanistan by April of this year.

Colonel David Butler, a spokesman for the U.S. Forces in Afghanistan has the rejected the Taliban claims, saying “Our mission hasn’t changed. We have no orders to withdraw.”

This comes as reports emerged earlier today that the deputy chief of the political office of Taliban in Qatar Mawlavi Abdul Salam Hanafi has said that the half of the U.S. troops would withdraw from Afghanistan until the end of April.

Mawlavai Hanafi has also claimed that the assurance regarding  the pullout of half of U.S. troops has been given by the U.S. side and that technical groups would be formed to work regarding a schedule for the pullout of the remaining U.S. forces from Afghanistan.