US began to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, 1,500 prisoners will be released
KABUL, (BM) – The US began to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan as part of a peace agreement with the Taliban, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according Associated Press, citing an official representative of American troops in Afghanistan.
The United States will reduce the number of its troops in Afghanistan from 13,000 to 8,600 in the next four and a half months. A full withdrawal of US troops from the country should be completed within 14 months.
Since January 1, 2015, a new NATO mission “Strong Support” has been in Afghanistan. Under a bilateral agreement between NATO and Afghanistan, about 13,000 troops are present in the country, whose functions include training and advising Afghan security forces. Mission declared non-combat.
At the same time, the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has signed a decree to pardon captive members of the radical Taliban movement and release them, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing several sources.
It is clarified that the process of liberation should begin on Friday, March 13. Details of the presidential decree will be announced today on March 11.
On February 29, the United States and the Taliban made peace at a ceremony in Doha, Qatar. The agreement was signed by US Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban deputy leader, head of the Qatari political office of the movement, Mullah Abdullah Gani Baradar. However, on March 2, terrorists who made peace with the United States announced the resumption of hostilities against government forces.
The Taliban was formed in 1994 at the height of the civil war in Afghanistan. In 1996-2001, the Taliban were in power in the country, and after the overthrow in 2001, they began a guerrilla war with government and NATO forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The United States introduced troops into Afghanistan after the September 11 attack.
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