Trump’s withdrawal announcement and Afghan peace – Asif Durrani

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Last Wednesday, President Trump’s Tweeter message sprang a surprise for everyone when he said that all U.S. forces?in Afghanistan should return home before the end of the year. American defense establishment displayed its annoyance by refusing to comment on president’s announcement and tersely asked the newsmen to refer such queries to the White House. Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff, declined to endorse President Trump’s announcement stating that the agreement reached with Afghan and Taliban officials to leave Afghanistan was “conditioned based”, and that the United States would “responsibly” end the war. A few hours before President Trump’s announcement his national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, said the United States intended to reduce its troop levels in Afghanistan from 5,000 to 2,500 by early 2021.