Trump Drawing Down Troops in Afghanistan, Iraq

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Trump Drawing Down Troops in Afghanistan, Iraq

More American troops will be coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq, the Trump Administration announced today.

 

The president ordered a reduction in U.S. military personnel for both nations by mid-January. In Afghanistan, troops will be reduced from 4,500 to 2,500. In Iraq, the reduction will be from 3,000 to 2,500. Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller made the announcement of this policy change today.

 

Trump Administration officials contend that these reductions in force will not affect the U.S. mission in either nation. They say that this was a collaborative decision supported by military officers in the Pentagon. Some military officials disagree, however, and argue that such reductions will hurt efforts to keep the peace in Iraq and curb the Taliban in Afghanistan.

 

President Trump ran for office on a platform of disengaging from military actions overseas. In some cases he has removed U.S. troops, but in other nations he has sustained or expanded forces. The president has long argued that the U.S. is doing too much militarily in foreign countries. His critics see his views as being shortsighted and emboldening nations like Russia and China.

 

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