US withdrawal rattles Afghan allies and adversaries alike A U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan has rattled Washington's allies and adversaries in the region U.S. Troops Are Packing Up, Ready or NotThe Pentagon has announced a reduction down to 2,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan before President-elect Biden takes office. Afghan officials fear the cuts will encourage the Taliban to keep fighting. Premature withdrawal from Afghanistan may hamper peace talks: GermanyA premature troop withdrawal from Afghanistan may complicate peace talks between the government in Kabul and the Taliban, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday, commenting on U.S. plans to pull out 2,000 troops from the country. The Taliban is on the offensive. Keeping the militants at bay: U.S. airstrikes, even as bases close and troops leave.Afghan officials fear the reduced troop numbers and base closures could mean less U.S. support in future battles against an emboldened Taliban.