June 16
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The withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan has been completed by 6-12 percent, but officials are hiding the total number of troops still in Afghanistan.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the data was being concealed to protect troops from a possible Taliban attack.

Since May 1, US forces in Afghanistan have removed about 104 pieces of C-17 equipment from the country, donated more than 1,800 pieces of equipment to the defense logistics administration for destruction, and officially handed over one facility to the Afghan national army.

In April, President Joe Biden ordered all US troops to leave Afghanistan by 9/11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that sparked the conflict.

There were about 3,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan as of January, but troop numbers could temporarily increase as several hundred army rangers were sent into the country last week to assist with the withdrawal process.

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