The US Central Command reported that it had withdrawn 13-20% of its troops from Afghanistan.
“Central Command estimates that we have completed between 13% and 20% of the entire withdrawal process,” the command said in a statement on its website.
The withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan is taking place without serious incidents, but Washington will respond decisively in the event of possible aggression, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said.
“The withdrawal of troops has so far passed without serious incidents, and we expect that this will continue. Nevertheless, we are ready to respond decisively in the event of attacks,” Khalilzad said at a hearing before the US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs.
According to him, the Taliban will face isolation and sanctions if they try to seize power by force after the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan.
Zalmay Khalilzad added that Afghanistan would face either a protracted war or a political settlement of the conflict after the withdrawal of US troops.
“I personally believe that the claims that the security structures of Afghanistan will collapse and the Taliban will seize power there soon (after the withdrawal of US troops) are wrong,” Khalilzad said at a hearing before the US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs.
In his opinion, Afghanistan after the final withdrawal of American troops is waiting for either “a protracted war, or a negotiated settlement.” “I hope that the Taliban and other Afghan leaders will make the right choice and regional players, including Pakistan, will take the right steps,” Khalilzad added.