The U.S. admitted that they may change their mind about the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan due to violations of peace agreements on the part of the Taliban terrorist movement (banned in Russia).
“If the Taliban does not adhere to agreements to fight terrorism and end the violence (…), it will be difficult to find a resolution,” he said. Kirby threatened that if that happens, the U.S. could reconsider its decision on the troop presence. He added that Washington has not yet made a final decision on the matter.
The Pentagon’s assistant chief confirmed that there are about 2,500 US troops in Afghanistan now.
In July 2020, Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State, announced that the United States was planning to fully withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by May 2021. He stressed that the U.S. army has halved its military presence in the country.
The U.S. entered Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in New York.