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US military begins withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — The United States began Monday the process of withdrawing its troops from Afghan territory as part of an earlier agreement with the Taliban radical movement.

This is stated in a statement by Colonel Sonny Leggett, the official representative of the American forces in Afghanistan (USFOR-A).

“In accordance with the joint US-Afghan declaration and the agreement between the United States and the Taliban, USFOR-A command has begun to reduce its forces, taking into account the specific situation, to 8.6 thousand [military personnel] within 135 days,” said the officer.

The US Armed Forces Command in Afghanistan “takes all necessary measures to fulfill its objectives, including anti-terrorist operations against al-Qaeda and IS in Khorasan, as well as providing support to the national defense and security forces of Afghanistan.”

“USFOR-A is on its way to achieving the indicated number of troops, while maintaining the necessary potential,” concluded Leggett.

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