The deal signed on February 29th between the Taliban and the U.S. detailed that all U.S. troops would withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 14 months. There are currently around 13,000 troops in the country, with 5,000 of them participating in anti-terrorism operations and supporting Afghan security forces. 8,600 troops have now begun to be withdrawn, with the 8,600 to be back in the U.S. within the next 135 days. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has also recently confirmed that President Ashraf Ghani will stop dragging his feet in the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners, as detailed in the peace agreement.
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