Still, the war is at a stalemate, the report said, with the intensity of fighting and the level of bloodshed rising on both sides as they each bid for leverage in peace talks. Some analysts said the decision would bolster the Taliban's long-held view that the US would eventually give up on its military intervention in Afghanistan.
McGurk, whose resignation is effective December 31, was planning to leave the job in mid-February after a USA -hosted meeting of foreign ministers from the coalition countries, but he felt he could continue no longer after Trump's decision to withdraw from Syria and Mattis' resignation, according to the official. The palace was told bluntly that the U.S. was seeking a responsible negotiated exit.
"It will take a while and there are some countries who are ready to exit".
An Afghan official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told RFE/RL that Trump's reported decision suggests "some serious progress with talks" in the U.A.E, without elaborating.
"The recent decision by the president came as a shock and was a complete reversal of policy that was articulated to us", McGurk told his colleagues in an email.
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The withdrawal of US troops now would be a reversal of an increase Trump ordered previous year under a new strategy for the region that he said would involve an enduring commitment here.
In reaction to this report, President Ghani's spokesman Haroon Chakhansuri said on Friday that troops pull-out will not affect security situation in the country. "In the past four and half years our security is completely in the hands of Afghans and the final goal is that Afghan national defense and security forces will stand on their feet to protect and defend our people and soil on their own". "We're coming home!" Trump said on Twitter.
Mr Milad has been fighting the Taliban for almost nine years and shares a sense of exhaustion increasingly common among Afghans as the conflict drags on. "We should be ready for more such troop pullouts by the USA".
"It's clear that a rapid pullout of all global forces could spark the collapse of the Afghan government and start a new civil war", he said. Prior to that, he served in the Bush administration.
US special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, this week concluded another round of talks with Taliban negotiators in the United Arab Emirates.
USA special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has met Taliban representatives during at least three separate rounds of direct talks in recent months as part of the effort to encourage negotiations between the Taliban and Kabul.
"Amid their celebrations there is also serious talk about reaching out to their enemies, and not antagonising their opponents on social media". He added that one of the most damaging things to the security forces here would be to put a timeline on US support and announce a withdrawal based on it.