According to sources first referenced by the New York Times, senior military officials are going to brief President Trump, in the very near future, on several possible timelines for completely withdrawing American military forces from Afghanistan.

The military is looking at one proposal, which is thought to be the president’s wish, for a complete withdrawal by the November election. However, the Pentagon is thought to be asking for a slower withdrawal, similar to the agreed-upon peace deal with the Taliban.

But any reduction beyond the 8,600-man limit that is currently agreed upon will have to be condition-based according to Jonathan Hoffman, a spokesman for the Pentagon. Hoffman did say at a press conference that the recent release of 900 Taliban fighters by the Afghan government, which was part of the peace deal, was “incredibly encouraging.”

“It’s been clear for some time that the U.S. has been looking at different options in how we’re going to continue with our presence in Afghanistan,” Hoffman said. “The bottom line is, we’ve said for many months and years now, that the future of Afghanistan is going to be best suited for peace when there is an agreement between inter-Afghan parties.”

The Pentagon wants to avoid a situation that happened in late 2018 and again last year when the president ordered the military to completely withdraw from Syria. The U.S. later modified the withdrawal and although troop numbers were reduced, many American troops remain. The current withdrawal schedule calls for the United States to not completely withdraw from Afghanistan until May of 2021.

With the troop level just under 12,000, the U.S. is following the timeline laid out in the peace deal with the Taliban. “Right now, we’re moving to 8,600,” said Hoffman. 

“So we had 135 days, and in July we’ll reach that number. That’s part of the recommendation by the commander. Any reductions under that will be conditions-based after the U.S. government assesses the security environment and the Taliban’s compliance with the agreement, and in coordination with our NATO allies and partners,” he added.

Most military officials believe that a quicker withdrawal from Afghanistan would skewer the peace deal reached this year with the Taliban. With the coronavirus pandemic, which has significantly struck the U.S. economy, the president could be looking at an early withdrawal from Afghanistan as an election ploy to help swing votes in his favor.