Taliban applaud US troop drawdown in Afghanistan


KABUL: The Taliban insurgent group has lauded the recent US troop withdrawal announcement terming it a “good advancement” in implementing the US-Taliban deal signed last year in February.
“The withdrawal of other US forces from Afghanistan, which was announced by the US yesterday, is a good advancement and practical measure. Undoubtedly, the practice of the agreement signed between the IEA and the US is for the benefit of both countries and nations,” wrote the Spokesman of the Political Office of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Dr. Mohammad Naeem, in a series of tweets on Saturday.
Naeem assured that the group stood by the commitments made in the agreement while demanding the other side to reciprocate. 
This comes as the US Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller had earlier said that according to President Donald Trump’s order, the Pentagon drew down troops in Afghanistan and Iraq to around 2,500 soldiers in each region.
The troop reductions come amid the fact that Congress passed legislation earlier this month to prohibit the proposed removal of soldiers from Afghanistan before a study examining the impact of such a pullout could be conducted.