Khalilzad has said he is hoping for a final agreement by Sept. 1 that would allow the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops. Over 20,000 U.S. and NATO troops are in Afghanistan, including some 14,000 U.S. forces.CBS News correspondent David Martin reported last week that the U.S. is prepared to draw down the 14,000 troops in Afghanistan to 8,000 or 9,000 as part of a peace deal with the Taliban.The U.S. and NATO formally concluded their combat mission in 2014, but the American and allied troops continue to train and build the Afghan military. Separately, U.S. forces also assist Afghan troops in airstrikes and raids on the Taliban and against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)’s affiliate in Afghanistan.President Trump has often expressed his exasperation with America’s continued involvement in Afghanistan and his desire to bring troops home.Also on Tuesday, the Taliban in a statement called on fellow Afghans to boycott next month’s presidential election and warned them to stay away from rallies “that could become potential targets.”The Taliban called the Sept. 28 election, which has been delayed this year over security and organizational concerns, a “sham.” Ghani, who is seeking a second term in office, is among the more than a dozen candidates.

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