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Pentagon to cut troop levels to 2,500 in Iraq, Afghanistan

8 months 2 weeks 1 day ago Tuesday, November 17 2020 Nov 17, 2020 November 17, 2020 1:27 PM November 17, 2020 in News - Local
By: Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller on Tuesday announced plans to reduce U.S. troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying the decision fulfills President Donald Trump's pledge to bring forces home when conditions were met that kept the U.S. and its allies safe.

The new plan will accelerate troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan in Trump's final days in office, despite arguments from senior military officials in favor of a slower, more methodical pullout. Trump has refused to concede his election loss to Democrat Joe Biden, who takes office Jan. 20, just five days after the troop withdrawals are slated to finish.

Miller said commanders and advisers agreed with the withdrawal plan, which will cut the number of troops in Afghanistan from more than 4,500 to 2,500, and in Iraq from about 3,000 to 2,500. He refused to take questions from reporters.

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