New York Times: US Preparing to Bring All Troops Home From Afghanistan

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New York Times: US Preparing to Bring All Troops Home From Afghanistan
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New York Times: US Preparing to Bring All Troops Home From Afghanistan
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According to a new report in the New York Times, US and Taliban officials have agreed to a framework that would end the nearly 18-year-long war in Afghanistan. The agreement would involve a full removal of all US troops from the country. In exchange, the Taliban would agree to direct talks with the Afghan government and some form of a cease-fire.

The alleged milestone would represent a major development in the conflict. More than 2,000 American military personnel have lost their lives in Afghanistan, and over 20,000 have been wounded. The US military intervention in Afghanistan began in 2001, in response to the 9/11 attacks.

During his 2016 campaign, President Trump was highly critical of US foreign policy. He repeatedly criticized the high costs of conflicts in the Middle East, and condemned the lack of progress being made. The president has stated on multiple occasions that he was elected to stop the “never ending wars.”

In early December, President Trump announced his intention to bring all US troops home from Syria. The US has about 2,000 troops in Syria, and they have been on the ground fighting in the country since 2014. In December of 2018, the New York Times reported that the US has secretly started the process of withdrawing half its forces from Afghanistan.

It is estimated that 7,000 US troops are currently deployed in Afghanistan. The Global War on Terror has cost US taxpayers nearly 6 trillion dollars. To help put that number into context, the entire US housing market is worth about 30 trillion dollars.

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