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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