The Trump administration is planning to withdraw 1000’s of troops from Afghanistan, US media say.
Experiences, citing unnamed officers, say about 7,000 troops – roughly half the remaining US navy presence within the nation – may go residence inside months.
The stories come a day after the president introduced the nation’s navy withdrawal from Syria.
In his letter of departure, Gen Mattis talked about his diverging views with the president, however didn’t cite troops withdrawals immediately.
Earlier than his election, Mr Trump repeatedly publicly advocated leaving Afghanistan – the place US forces have been since 2001.
Nonetheless, final yr he indicated he would hold boots on the bottom within the nation indefinitely to stop the nation’s collapse amid a Taliban resurgence.
American-led fight operations in opposition to the group formally led to 2014, however within the years for the reason that group’s energy and attain has soared.
In September 2017 Mr Trump introduced the US would ship three,000 additional troops to the nation amid a shift of technique.
Experiences in regards to the sharp discount of personnel emerged on Thursday, however haven’t been confirmed by US defence officers.
The Washington Post reports the potential move is being met with opposition by some of Mr Trump’s senior cabinet officials together with outgoing White Home Chief of Workers John Kelly and White Home nationwide safety adviser John Bolton.
Republican senator Lindsey Graham tweeted that any withdrawal of troops would be a “high risk strategy” which may reverse US progress within the area and pave the best way towards a “second 9/11”.
He had earlier spoken out in opposition to the Syria withdrawal, which he described as a “large Obama-like mistake”.
An announcement from a Kurdish-led alliance warned the transfer may create a vacuum whereby the depleted Islamic State (IS) group may “revive itself”.