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Why Washington's Foes Won't Welcome a Quick U.S. Pullout From Afghanistan

Omar Lamrani
Senior Military Analyst, Stratfor
Jan 3, 2019 | 13:00 GMT
Afghan commandos patrol the Achin district of Nangarhar province during a U.S.-Afghan military operation against Islamic State militants on Jan. 3, 2018.

Afghan commandos patrol the Achin district of Nangarhar province during a U.S.-Afghan military operation against Islamic State militants on Jan. 3, 2018. A U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan could have big ramifications for the region.

(NOORULLAH SHIRZADA/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement late last month about the imminent withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria grabbed all the headlines, but it wasn't his only notice about a coming pullout. According to reports, Trump has also ordered the withdrawal of half of the 14,000 American forces in Afghanistan. Although...

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