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Taliban Welcome US Troop Drawdown in Afghanistan, Reaffirm Commitment to February Deal

© AFP 2022 / WAKIL KOHSARIn this photograph taken on August 28, 2017, a US Marine looks on as Afghan National Army soldiers raise the Afghan National flag on an armed vehicle during a training exercise to deal with IEDs (improvised explosive devices) at the Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. - Marines in Afghanistan's Helmand say Donald Trump's decision to keep boots on the ground indefinitely gives them "all the time in the world" to retake the province, once the symbol of US intervention but now a Taliban stronghold. They may need it. At the hot, dusty Camp Shorab, where many of the recently deployed Marines train their Afghan counterparts in flat, desert terrain, the Afghans admit th
In this photograph taken on August 28, 2017, a US Marine looks on as Afghan National Army soldiers raise the Afghan National flag on an armed vehicle during a training exercise to deal with IEDs (improvised explosive devices) at the Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. - Marines in Afghanistan's Helmand say Donald Trump's decision to keep boots on the ground indefinitely gives them all the time in the world to retake the province, once the symbol of US intervention but now a Taliban stronghold. They may need it. At the hot, dusty Camp Shorab, where many of the recently deployed Marines train their Afghan counterparts in flat, desert terrain, the Afghans admit th - Sputnik International
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KABUL (Sputnik) - The Taliban see the US troop drawdown in Afghanistan as a "good advancement" in implementing the February deal, the spokesman for the movement’s political office in Doha said on Saturday.

On Friday, US Acting Secretary of Defence Christopher Miller said that the Pentagon had drawn down troops in Afghanistan and Iraq to just 2,500 soldiers in each country, in line with President Donald Trump's order. The troop reductions come despite the fact that the Congress earlier this month passed legislation to prevent the planned withdrawal of soldiers from Afghanistan until it receives a report assessing the effect of such a pullout.

This June 10, 2017 photo provided by Operation Resolute Support, U.S. Soldiers with Task Force Iron maneuver an M-777 howitzer, so it can be towed into position at Bost Airfield, Afghanistan - Sputnik International
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"The withdrawal of other US forces from Afghanistan, which was announced by the US yesterday, is a good advancement and practical measure. Undoubtedly, the practice of the agreement signed between the IEA [Taliban] and the US is in the benefit of both countries and nations," Mohammad Naeem tweeted.

The Taliban, he added, are committed to the agreements struck with the US and "want the same from the other side."

In February, the US and the Taliban signed the first peace deal after more than 18 years of conflict. The agreement envisions conditions-based foreign troop pullout from Afghanistan within 14 months and the launch of intra-Afghan talks. The Taliban, in return, pledge to provide guarantees that the country will not become a haven for terrorist groups.

The Kabul-Taliban peace negotiations kicked off in Doha in September.

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