Military Capabilities

USFOR-A commander reveals US has withdrawn 2,000 troops from Afghanistan over past year

22 October 2019

The US military has been quietly reducing its troop numbers in Afghanistan over the past year, even without a peace agreement being reached between Washington and the Taliban, US Army General Austin Miller, the commander of the NATO-led 'Resolute Support' mission and US Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A), revealed on 21 October.

"We're always looking to optimise the force. And unbeknownst to the public, as part of our optimisation over the last year … we've reduced our authorised strength by 2,000 here," said Gen Miller in a joint press conference held in Kabul alongside US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Afghan Minister of National Defense Asadullah Khalid, and Afghan Acting Minister of the Interior Massoud Andarabi.

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