US Secretary of State Pompeo revealed that President Trump had instructed him to reduce the number of US combat troops in Afghanistan before the 2020 election. According to the Washington Post, Pompeo said in an event in Washington: “The president’s attitude has always been clear: end the endless war and reduce the garrison.”
Reuters said on the 29th that an Afghan senior official said: “Now, it is more important to withdraw troops strictly in accordance with the date of the Trump election. It is more important than the task of bringing peace to Afghanistan. The rush of the US troops to withdraw from Afghanistan will only make the Taliban more powerful. The Afghan army will soon fight the Taliban alone.” The New York Times said on the 30th that Pompeo’s remarks were sensitive because Afghanistan was preparing for the September presidential election, and Washington is preparing for a new round of negotiations with the Taliban this week. If the Taliban thinks that Trump will withdraw in any case, the plan to disclose Trump’s withdrawal may weaken the US’s negotiating position.
On the first day of the Afghan presidential election, a major bombing occurred in the capital city of Kabul on the 28th, killing at least 20 people and injuring 50 people. Even the vice presidential candidate Saleh was also injured. No organization currently claims responsibility for the attack. Agence France-Presse said on the 30th that after the attack, the Afghan presidential candidates expressed concern about security. The attack reminded people that the security situation in Afghanistan is very serious.
The British “Guardian” said on the 30th that the war in Afghanistan has been going on for 18 years. The latest figures released by the United Nations show that in the first half of 2019, Afghan government and NATO troops killed 717 Afghan civilians, mainly due to air strikes and The night raids were much more than those killed by the Taliban and other militants, and their excuse was that the Taliban militants were hidden among the civilians.