Former US Defense Secretary Mark Esper shortly before his dismissal sent a secret letter to President Donald Trump, which concerned the US military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, writes the Washington Post.
The former head of the Pentagon, in particular, expressed concern about money spending, unsuitable field conditions, and difficulties for the US military in withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. He also spoke about possible damage to allied relations and possible violations of inter-Afghan negotiations.
Before that, Trump has sent in the resignation of Esper, having appointed instead of Christopher Miller.
The US President also expressed confidence that a small number of American soldiers who remained to serve in Afghanistan should return home by Christmas.
In late February, the United States and the radical Afghan Taliban signed the first peace agreement in more than 18 years of war, which provides for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan in 14 months and the beginning of an inter-Afghan dialogue the completion of the prisoner exchange deal.
According to Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, the US plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by May 2021 fully.