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The US military has quietly pulled 2,000 troops out of Afghanistan over the past year without a Taliban peace deal

Added 10-21-19 03:14:02pm EST - “Even though the number of troops on the ground has shrunk, the US military has increased both air and ground attacks.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “The US military has quietly pulled 2,000 troops out of Afghanistan over the past year without a Taliban peace deal”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The US military has pulled about 2,000 troops from Afghanistan over the past year, the top US and coalition military commander said Monday.

"As we work in Afghanistan with our partners, we're always looking to optimize the force," Army Gen. Austin Miller said at a news conference in Kabul. "Unbeknownst to the public, as part of our optimization … we reduced our authorized strength by 2,000 here."

"I'm confident that we have the right capabilities to: 1. Reach our objectives as well as continue train, advise, and assist throughout the country," Miller continued.

The New York Times was first to report that the US military had reduced its troop strength in Afghanistan even though peace talks with the Taliban are on hiatus. The number of troops in the country has gone from about 15,000 to 13,000, a US official told Task & Purpose on condition of anonymity.

US military advisers from the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade at an Afghan National Army base in Maidan Wardak province, August 6, 2018. Reuters

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