Earlier this year, the Unites States and Taliban agreed to stop specifically targeting each other. Since February, no American troops have been killed in Taliban attacks, but the same terms do not apply to Afghan Security Forces. “The violence is too high,” top U.S. Army General Scott Miller said. “What we’ve said all along is that all sides need to bring it down.” The Trump administration set 8,000 troops as the mark to remain in Afghanistan but to date only about 4,000 troops remain. President Trump stated that he would have the troops in Afghanistan “home by the end of the year,” but best-case scenario timelines show the U.S would fully be out of this affair in spring of 2021. Militia leaders as well as part of the Trump administration believe that a full withdrawal from the country is based on conditions of the Afghan Security Forces being able to readily defend themselves.
The Crossroads of Special Operations