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Trump Confirms 4,000 US Troops to Withdraw From Afghanistan by November Vote

• by Jason Ditz

As part of his Axios interview, President Trump reiterated plans to cut another 4,000 US troops from Afghanistan by the November election, saying he estimates 4,000 or 5,000 will be left after that. Pentagon officials announced planned cuts awhile ago.

Trump has been wanting to cut US troops from Afghanistan since the peace deal was worked out, and was particularly interested in removing much of the force before the election. At the same time, it seems unlikely he'll get all US troops out by then.

It's not impossible, however. US drawdowns have been way ahead of schedule in Afghanistan, despite intra-Afghan talks being rather slow. The question is if the US wants to finish up by then or simply get close enough.

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