All US troops in Afghanistan should be “home by Christmas”, President Donald Trump said yesterday.
His announcement came just hours after his national security adviser Robert O’Brien said Washington would reduce its forces in Afghanistan to 2,500 by early next year.
On October 7th, the anniversary of the outbreak of the U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan in 2001, Donald Trump said on Twitter that the United States should “bring home by Christmas the small number of our brave men and women who are still serving in Afghanistan!”
The President has announced since taking office in 2016 that he wants to ‘end endless wars’ which has seen thousands of men and women killed.
20,320 American servicemembers have also been wounded in action during the war with 2,372 deaths.
“When President Trump took office, there were over 10,000 American troops in Afghanistan. As of today there are under 5,000 and that will go to 2,500 by early next year,” security adviser O’Brien said, speaking at an event in Nevada.
There are currently 5,000 American troops stationed in the country.
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