Military ordered to plan withdrawal of half the troops in Afghanistan

Posted at 6:35 PM, Dec 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-20 20:35:25-05
US Afghanistan War
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The military has been ordered to begin planning to withdraw about half the troops in Afghanistan, a US defense official with direct knowledge tells CNN.

The official said it could take months to do a withdrawal of the approximately 7,000 troops.

The decision was made Tuesday, at the same time as the decision on Syria.

The Wall Street Journal was first to report the plan.