International | Base closures and prisoner releases occur while Taliban attacks escalate
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/16/20, 05:07 pm
AFGHANISTAN: The Pentagon announced on Tuesday that it has closed five military bases and reduced the size of its troops stationed in the region to 8,600 as part of an agreement reached with the Taliban in February. The Afghan government, which was not a part of the talks leading to the agreement, has begun phased release of Taliban prisoners under pressure from the Trump administration.