Update: United States Begins Troop Drawdown in Afghanistan

Washington began reducing the number of US troops in Afghanistan on 9 March as part of a conditions-based agreement signed between the United States and the Taliban militant group on 29 February, aimed at paving the way for intra-Afghan negotiations, reaching a political settlement, and ending the 18-year-old conflict in the Central Asian...

Washington began reducing the number of US troops in Afghanistan on 9 March as part of a conditions-based agreement signed between the United States and the Taliban militant group on 29 February, aimed at paving the way for intra-Afghan negotiations, reaching a political settlement, and ending the 18-year-old conflict in the Central Asian country.

In a statement issued that same day, US Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) spokesperson Colonel Sonny Leggett announced that "in accordance with the US-Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Joint Declaration and the US-Taliban Agreement", the US has begun its conditions-based reduction of forces to 8,600 - from about 12,000 - over the next 135 days.

Source: www.janes.com