U.S. to Withdraw About 7,000 Troops From Afghanistan, Officials Say – NY Times

United States Marines in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, last year. About half the American troops in the country are to be withdrawn. Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has ordered the military to start withdrawing roughly 7,000 troops from Afghanistan in the coming months, two defense officials said Thursday, an abrupt shift in the 17-year-old war there and a decision that stunned Afghan officials, who said they had not been briefed on the plans.

President Trump made the decision to pull the troops — about half the number the United States has in Afghanistan now — at the same time he decided to pull American forces …. Read More on NY times