Saturday 16 December 2017

US hatches plans for Afghanistan withdrawal

Ben Farmer in Kabul

America will withdraw 70,000 troops from Afghanistan during the next three years and increase reliance on special forces to lead operations according to plans being drafted White House officials.

Commandos will continue to carry out missions designed to kill or capture insurgents. They will also continue to train Afghan forces according to reports.

The US is already heavily reliant on special forces in Afghanistan. They have been credited with helping to blunt the Taliban following raids against militant leaders.

US army chiefs are said to be urging US President Barack Obama to begin the withdrawal by pulling out up to 10,000 troops by the end of this year.

America has 100,000 troops in Afghanistan and the killing of Osama bin Laden has rekindled debate on how many are needed now that the al-Qa'ida leadership has been dealt a serious blow. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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