after Syria .. Washington is considering a "big withdrawal" and the resignation of the Minister of Defense[/size]
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The official, who asked not to be identified, told AFP that "this decision has been taken ... There will be a significant withdrawal."
The United States is currently deploying about 14,000 troops in Afghanistan, working either with the NATO mission to support Afghan forces or in special counter-terrorism operations.
According to the official, Trump made his decision on Tuesday, the same day he announced that he would order the withdrawal of all American soldiers from Syria.
The Trump decision on Syria and Afghanistan is a turning point in US foreign policy and could open the door to a series of unforeseen events in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
Last year, US Defense Secretary James Matisse and other military officials persuaded Trump to send more US troops to Afghanistan, where the Taliban were making significant gains and expected heavy losses for local Afghan forces.
But Trump said at the time that his intuition was to leave Afghanistan, and the Wall Street Journal reported that more than 7,000 US troops would return from Afghanistan.
The withdrawal comes as the United States pushed for a peace deal with the Taliban.
Earlier on Thursday, the US defense secretary resigned because his views on world issues no longer matched what Trump thought.
Mr Matisse's resignation was not entirely surprising to observers in Washington. Trump has long ignored the advice of his defense minister, especially in recent times.
Trump's decision to withdraw 2,000 troops from Syria was a sudden blow to Matisse, who warned that an early withdrawal from Syria could be a "strategic mistake".
The two men have previously clashed on various issues, including the nuclear deal with Iran, from which Trump withdrew in May, while Matisse defended parts of it.
Matisse also opposed the creation of a new independent branch of the US military under the name Space Force, but Trump ordered it anyway.
The biggest military deployment Matisse has so far been sending soldiers to the border with Mexico, a task with a modest military aspect, described by observers as a mere political political movement.