The United States has had a substantial military presence in Afghanistan since it invaded the country and overthrew the Taliban government in Kabul in 2001. File photo: Reuters The United States has had a substantial military presence in Afghanistan since it invaded the country and overthrew the Taliban government in Kabul in 2001. File photo: Reuters
The United States has had a substantial military presence in Afghanistan since it invaded the country and overthrew the Taliban government in Kabul in 2001. File photo: Reuters

US begins troop withdrawal amid political chaos in Afghanistan

  • The US goal is to bring the numbers down to 8,600, from somewhere north of 12,000 troops, over 135 days
  • Tensions mount as rival leaders Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah are both sworn in as president at competing ceremonies

Topic |   Afghanistan
The United States has had a substantial military presence in Afghanistan since it invaded the country and overthrew the Taliban government in Kabul in 2001. File photo: Reuters The United States has had a substantial military presence in Afghanistan since it invaded the country and overthrew the Taliban government in Kabul in 2001. File photo: Reuters
The United States has had a substantial military presence in Afghanistan since it invaded the country and overthrew the Taliban government in Kabul in 2001. File photo: Reuters
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