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US plans for more than 5,000 troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump is planning to withdraw more than 5,000 of the 14,000 US troops in Afghanistan, a US official said on Thursday, in the latest sign Trump’s patience is thinning with America’s longest war and overseas military interventions. On Wednesday, Trump rebuffed top advisers and decided to pull all US troops out of Syria, a decision that contributed to US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis abruptly quitting on Thursday over significant policy differences with the president. One official, speaking on…