US to keep 8,600 troops in Afghanistan after deal with Taliban, says Trump – World

President Donald Trump said Thursday that US troop levels in Afghanistan will be reduced to 8,600 if an agreement is reached with the Afghan Taliban and a permanent presence will be maintained.

"We're going down to 8,600 and then we make a determination from there," Trump said in an interview with Fox news radio. "We will always have presence."

Trump also said that if another attack on the US. UU. It originated in Afghanistan "we would return with a force like […] Never before."

US troops were first sent to Afghanistan after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 on US soil carried out by Al Qaeda, which was protected by the former Afghan Taliban regime.

Washington now wants to end its military involvement and has been talking with the Afghan Taliban since at least 2018.

Trump says the troops will only be reduced when the Afghan Taliban guarantee that their territory will not be used by al Qaeda or other international militant groups.

Trump stressed that there would be no complete withdrawal, maintaining a force that would provide "high intelligence."

"You have to maintain a presence," he said.



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