US announces sharp reduction of troop numbers in Afghanistan and Iraq

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The plan comes despite arguments from senior military officials in favour of a slower withdrawal, especially in Afghanistan.

Image:President Trump met US troops in Afghanistan in November 2019

 

US President Donald Trump will cut his country’s military presence in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Pentagon has announced.

Acting defence secretary Christopher Miller said the number of US soldiers in Afghanistan will fall from 4,500 to 2,500 by the time Mr Trump leaves office early next year.

The number of troops in Iraq will be reduced from around 3,000 to 2,500.

This is expected to be completed just five days before Joe Biden takes over as president on 20 January, although President Trump has still refused to acknowledge his election loss.

Soldiers from the U.S. Army's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, stand at attention while being introduced during a homecoming ceremony in the Natcher Physical Fitness Center on Fort Knox in the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 20, 2013 in Fort Knox, Ky. The 250 soldiers returned to Fort Knox after a nine-month combat deployment working alongside Afghan military and police forces in Afghanistan's Zabul Province
Image:These US soldiers returned from Afghanistan in 2013 but thousands of their colleagues remain

The plan comes despite arguments from senior military officials in favour of a slower withdrawal, especially in Afghanistan.

It also stops short of the full withdrawal Mr Trump had perhaps been envisioning when promising to “end the forever wars” and bring home the troops.

US forces have been in Afghanistan since October 2001 and there are concerns that the Taliban is still involved in attacks on Afghan government soldiers.

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