The U.S. decision comes just days after Trump installed a new slate of loyalists in top Pentagon positions who share his frustration with the continued troop presence in the war zones.
Word of the draft order came after newly installed Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller sent a cryptic memo to the Defense Department Friday night hinting at likely U.S. troop drawdowns from Middle Eastern conflicts during Trump's final weeks in office.
Yet the remaining 2,500 USA troops, said Defense Priorities Policy Director Benjamin Friedman, don't do anything to serve American or Afghan interests.
Looking forward to 2021, Mr Miller said: "With the blessings of providence in the coming year, we will finish this generational war and bring our men and women home". Around 1,000 United States troops now are stationed there.
Inhofe said that Trump's South Asia strategy has been extremely successful, and his administration has scored major counterterrorism wins across the region, including taking out terrorist henchmen al-Baghdadi, Soleimani and al-Rimi. "Some other countries in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation are still considering whether to remain or leave", he said, noting Afghan forces were in charge of 96% of operations across the country and only 4% of those need foreign air support.
The armed group still controls large parts of southern and central Somalia and frequently carries out bombings and gun attacks on military and civilian targets, including at hotels, intersections and checkpoints.
Burger said that German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas "has repeatedly acknowledged that it was a great diplomatic achievement, including that of the Trump government, to create the conditions for peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government to take place".
But critics said they risk appearing like a humiliating defeat, leaving the original threat of extremist attacks intact. Yet, NBC News noted that "the move still stops short of Trump's pledge to end America's longest war".
"The Trump policy has been so erratic, nearly based on whim, what happens when the president rolls out of bed each morning and how he feels", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters at the Capitol Hill. "By May it is President Trump's hope that they'll all come home safely and in their entirety", O'Brien said.
Miller last week replaced former Defense Secretary Mark Esper who was sacked by Trump.
As part of the deal the US signed with the Taliban, the insurgents pledged not to harbor terrorists who could attack the USA and its allies. Miller said he called allies and spoke with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg about the decision.
In Iraq, Mulroy said, the troop reduction should also not come at the expense of fragile gains made in the US-led multinational war against IS.
"Biden won't withdraw American forces from Afghanistan".
On Tuesday, a volley of rockets slammed into Baghdad's Green Zone, where the U.S. embassy sits, breaking a month-long truce on attacks against the United States embassy.
Senior U.S. military officials have raised concerns about the Taliban meeting those conditions, noting a spike in violence against Afghans and ongoing questions about whether it will break with al-Qaeda.
The Utah Republican said that now is not the time for such moves. The former defense secretary has said the U.S. should get out to focus on China and Russian Federation and that Afghanistan is not a vital national interest, though it can not be allowed to become a haven for terrorists who want to attack the USA, sources tell CNN.
Democratic Senator Jack Reed, who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, accused Trump of a "cynical, chaotic approach" created to burnish his own legacy while leaving a mess to successor Biden.