US to announce 4,000-troop drawdown from Afghanistan Dec 16, 2019 0 204 12345 AFPWashingtonThe Trump administration will announce as early as this week plans to withdraw around 4,000 troops from Afghanistan, US media reported.Talks between the United States and the Taliban resumed a week ago as the parties sought a path to reduce violence or even reach a ceasefire. They were paused by Washington on Thursday, however, after an attack by the militant group near a key US air base north of Kabul that left two civilians dead and dozens injured.Approximately 13,000 US troops are currently in Afghanistan, though the number fluctuates according to rotations.NBC on Saturday cited three current and former US officials as saying the Trump administration intends to announce a drawdown of 4,000 troops from Afghanistan.Two of those sources said some of the troops would be redeploying early, while others would not be replaced when they end their missions.The number is in line with figures long floated by the White House.President Donald Trump said last month that he planned to reduce the overall troop presence to 8,600, with further reductions possible.CNN cited one unnamed official in the Trump administration as saying the announcement on a drawdown could happen this week, but that the “timing remains in flux.” RELATED ARTICLES Six dead in protests against Indian citizenship legislation Dec 16, 2019 0 1124 UK oppn chief Corbyn apologises to supporters for British election defeat Dec 16, 2019 0 823 Teen climate activist Thunberg in Twitter spat with German rail Dec 16, 2019 0 310 Prime Minister Narendra Modi blames opposition Congress party for the violence “To give respect to those who fled to India and were forced to live as refugees, both houses of parliament passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Congress and its allies are resorting to arson because they did not get their .. At least 4 killed in magnitude-6.9 earthquake in southern Philippines Manila: A magnitude-6.9 earthquake struck the southern Philippines on Sunday, killing at least four people and sending panicked residents out into the streets as structures collapsed. A three-storey supermarket .. 14 killed, 18 injured in Nepal pilgrimage bus crash Kathmandu: At least 14 people died after a bus carrying pilgrims veered off a highway and rolled down a steep slope in central Nepal on Sunday, officials said, the latest deadly traffic accident in the Himalayan nation. .. 10 killed in second Bangladesh factory fire in a week Dhaka: At least 10 people died in a factory fire outside the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, officials said on Sunday, the second deadly industrial blaze in four days. The flames engulfed a small fan factory in the Gazipur .. Pakistan to resume talks with World Bank on India water dispute ISLAMABAD: A high-level delegation from Pakistan left for the United States on Sunday for meetings with World Bank officials on the Indus Waters Treaty and disputes with India. As per reports, the delegation led by Indus .. UN climate talks a ‘lost opportunity’: Guterres AFP Madrid A MAJOR climate summit wrapped up in Madrid on Sunday with a compromise deal that left little to show, prompting UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to lament a “lost opportunity” to act. Almost a fortnight ..