Mike Pompeo: US troops could withdraw from Afghanistan by spring

Mike Pompeo: US troops could withdraw from Afghanistan by spring


Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he is optimistic about the pace of peace talks between Afghan government officials and the Taliban and expects to see a full withdrawal of US forces from the country by the spring of 2021.

“So, 19 years after 9/11, we finally have the Afghans prepared to sit down and have a serious conversation about taking their country forward without all the violence,” Pompeo told Breitbart News in an interview published Sunday.

The nation’s top diplomat told the website that President Trump has two main objectives for the talks currently underway in Doha, Qatar.

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One is to “get our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines – get everybody home. Stop getting people killed there” and the other is to “protect the homeland.”

“I think we’re, today, on our way to putting America in a place where we can do both of those things,” Pompeo said.

“The meetings went as could be expected at the first

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