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Courtney Kube, Carol E. Lee and Josh Lederman
The White House ordered the Pentagon to draw plans for a withdrawal troop from Afghanistan, two defense officials and one person told the matter told NBC News.
Plans should take place after the new year, according to officials. They wondered if no decision was made, but President Trump wanted to see the options.
The White House requested the Pentagon to look at many options, including a complete withdrawal, officials said.
An Afghan official told NBC News that Trump considers a huge drawdown of US troops in the country.
Officials described the request of Afghanistan one day after the Trump administration said it pulled all US forces from Syria.
US has about 14,000 troops in Afghanistan. The report repeatedly expressed his disrespect to the 17-year-old war.
NBC News reported in July that Trump's affirmation prompted US diplomats and commanders to gamble in a bid to start negotiations of peace, including holding direct Taliban talks.
The special US peace mandate for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, reached top Taliban leaders in a bid to launch peace negotiations to end the war before Trump decided to order troops of the US from the country, said two foreign diplomat NBC News in late November.
Trump administration is also seeking to force Taliban into negotiation tables with massive bombing campaigns. The number of US bombs dropped to Afghanistan hit a record high of 2018, with more than 5,200 of September 30.