President of the United States Donald Trump on Monday, October 19, during a speech in Arizona, reiterated that US troops would be withdrawn from Afghanistan.
“By the way, we are leaving, they all come back,” said the head of the White House.
On October 7, Trump announced that the remaining American troops in Afghanistan would return to US soil by Christmas.
In August, the American leader announced that he intends to leave about 4 thousand US soldiers in Afghanistan. At the same time, the American leader did not specify the date.
On July 15, the US Department of Defense officially confirmed the withdrawal of US forces from five military bases in Afghanistan.
At the beginning of the year, the United States and the Taliban movement banned in Russia signed a peace agreement, according to which the American side was to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan from 12 thousand to 8.6 thousand people within 135 days, and then continue the withdrawal of its military contingent and NATO forces for 14 months.
The military operation in Afghanistan has been going on since October 2001. At the peak of the campaign in 2010-2013, the number of Western forces in this country exceeded 150 thousand. The main combat forces of the United States and NATO were withdrawn from Afghanistan in 2014.