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Reports On Changes In US Operations Are False: Miller

15 Aug 2019 Tolo News

US and NATO forces commander in Afghanistan Gen. Scott Miller on Thursday assured that reports on changes in US forces operations in Afghanistan are baseless.

“We read the reports. They are false. We are fully committed to our partnership with the Afghan security forces," Miller said. "We haven’t changed our operational support. We work very closely with all your security ministers. We work very closely with your forces on the field as well.”

Quoting senior Pentagon officials, Newsweek reported on Monday that US personnel have been ordered to limit nearly all offensive combat operations against the Taliban and cease advising the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces as the Trump administration proposes cutting US troop strength in Afghanistan by nearly half to 6,000 as a means of finalizing “technical” details among Taliban leadership.

The withdrawal figure is subject to change, however, depending on the course of the ongoing conflict and the talks trying to end it, US officials said as quoted by Newsweek.

This comes as the US and the Taliban negotiators wrapped up the eighth round of peace talks in Qatar. The two sides are expected to sign a peace agreement within the next few days which will provide the ground for US troop withdrawal and reduction of violence in Afghanistan.

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