US to Pull 5,000 Troops From Afghanistan Under Peace Deal – Official

Says agreement already reached, draft accord awaits Trump approval

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The United States would pull nearly 5,000 troops from Afghanistan and close five bases in accordance with a new peace deal reached with the Taliban, according to the U.S. chief negotiator.

Zalmay Khalilzad told Afghan media the accord has been agreed upon after months of negotiations and now awaits approval by President Donald Trump.

“In principle, we have got there,” Khalilzad said. “The document is closed.”

The troop withdrawal and base closures would take place within 135 days.

“In exchange for the phased withdrawal, the Taliban would commit not to allow Afghanistan to be used by militant groups such as al Qaeda or Islamic State as a base for attacks on the United States and its allies,” Reuters reports.

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