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US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan not concerning, MoD

US troops

By: Lailuma Noori

Mark Esper, the US Secretary of Defense said that the order of the US forces’ withdrawal has been issued to the Chiefs of Staff of the joint forces, emphasizing that the US keeps close monitoring over the Taliban’s actions, thus they will take the next step withdrawing their forces.
Apparently, the US force withdrawal process will be started gradually following the US-Taliban, after 19 years of war.
US Secretary of Defense talks about close monitoring of the Taliban’s actions adding that the future decisions of the US depend on the Taliban’s commitment.
According to him, the ‘preparation for the withdrawal of US forces within ten days’ is a sign of success for the US commitment to the peace agreement.
Mark Esper the US Secretary of Defense said that the US will decrease its troops to 8,600 within 135 days and will start withdrawing the US forces within 10 days, adding that he had commanded the joint forces’ Chief of Staff to start working on the withdrawal.
Esper also underlined that the remaining 8,600 troops hold the capability of conducting necessary military operations.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan ministry of defense says currently 94 percent of the country’s military operations and planning are implemented by Afghan security forces and in some extent they need very little support from the foreign forces on the ground.
“If US troops leaves Afghanistan, there is nothing to concern about as the country’s defense and security forces can fill the gap. Currently no foreign forces are present on the ground with Afghan defense and security forces as the ANDSF can independently conduct military operations against the Taliban and other terrorist groups,” said Fawad Aman, deputy spokesperson to the ministry of defense.
According to deputy spokesperson to the ministry of defense, all responsibilities for maintaining security of the country are on the shoulders of Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) who are doing their best to fulfill their legal responsibilities in a better way.
The country’s defense and security forces have been able to defend their country and people by showing commitment, bravery, devotion and patriotism. Trained and equipped by NATO led US forces, the Afghan defense and security forces are now able to defend independently from their country.
It is worth mentioning that efforts of the leading body of the ministries of defense and interior and national directorate of security in connection with bringing reforms, training and mentoring of Afghan defense and security forces have been effective. Afghan defense and security forces are now well-prepared to independently fight terrorist groups and defend the country.
Based on the peace agreement signed between Taliban and US in Doha, US troop withdrawal process to be soon started from Afghanistan.

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