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UK will doubtless observe the US in reducing Afghan troops: Minister

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The feedback by the UK’s defence secretary comes after the US introduced to chop troop measurement from 4,500 to 2,500 by January.The United Kingdom will doubtless observe the United States in decreasing troops in Afghanistan however it can proceed to work with its authorities and the US to guard the nation’s safety, the UK’s defence secretary Ben Wallace mentioned on Thursday.
On Tuesday, the US introduced it might be sharply decreasing the variety of US troops in Afghanistan from 4,500 to 2,500 earlier than present President Donald Trump leaves workplace in mid-January, accelerating the nation’s army disengagement.
The announcement got here as there was an uptick in violence, with the Taliban persevering with to hold out assaults focusing on authorities leaders, safety forces and civilians.
Wallace mentioned the Americans weren’t completely pulling out at this stage, and neither was the UK, which has about 1,000 troops stationed within the war-torn nation.
But he mentioned: “I expect if they (the US) are reducing at some stage, we will come down.”
Wallace mentioned the UK had restricted scope to behave independently of its largest ally, however an elevated funding settlement he had agreed with the finance ministry would sooner or later give the nation larger choices.
Wallace mentioned the UK had restricted scope to behave independently of its largest ally, the US [File: Toby Melville/Reuters]“Part of this defence review is how can Britain be more independent,” he advised Sky News. “How can we complement each other around the world. If one power or another pulls out and we … decide we want to stay longer, we could do so.”
“At the moment if the United States unilaterally pulls out of some of these countries we have a challenge.”
Following the US announcement, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned {that a} “hasty” withdrawal by the United States, which lead’s NATO’s coalition in Afghanistan, may result in additional violence.
“We now face a difficult decision. We have been in Afghanistan for almost 20 years, and no NATO ally wants to stay any longer than necessary. But at the same time, the price for leaving too soon or in an uncoordinated way could be very high,” Stoltenberg mentioned in a press release on Monday.
NATO has fewer than 12,000 troops from dozens of countries in Afghanistan serving to to coach and advise the nationwide safety forces.
US troops continuously make up about half that quantity, and the 30-nation alliance depends closely on the US forces for transport, logistics and different help.

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