US President Donald Trump has caused international alarm by ordering a sharp reduction in American troop numbers in Afghanistan and Iraq. In Kabul, many residents are worried about the future security in their country.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says the hasty withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan could damage a budding peace process. But the Taliban have reportedly welcomed the US decision to reduce military presence.
Outgoing US President Donald Trump wants most of the US troops to leave Afghanistan by mid-January, but NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the price for leaving the country too soon "could be very high."
A donor conference for Afghanistan has collected pledges to the tune of $12 billion from the international community. Much of the money was made conditional on the country's commitment to an ongoing peace process.
At least eight civilians were killed when dozens of rocket-propelled mortars struck several districts of Kabul. The attack happened ahead of the US secretary of state's planned meeting with the Taliban in Qatar.
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