The Trump administration announced today that it is pulling 7,000 troops out of Afghanistan which is nearly half of the troops that are deployed there:
“WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is withdrawing roughly 7,000 troops from Afghanistan in the coming months, two defense officials said Thursday, around half of what the American military has there now.
Mr. Trump made the decision at the same time he decided he was pulling American forces out of Syria, one official said. The move is likely one of the first steps to end the United States’ involvement in the 17-year-old war.
The 14,000 American troops currently in Afghanistan are divided between training and advising Afghan forces and a counterterror mission against groups like the Islamic State and Al Qaeda. The reduction, one official said, is in an effort to make Afghan forces more reliant on their own troops and not Western support. …”
This is great news.
Trump has decided to wind down the wars in Syria and Afghanistan. It is also clearly a response to the outrage in his base over the optics of passing criminal justice reform while failing to get the border wall funding. We have been saying he had to do something and this is it.