On Tuesday, Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller announced plans to reduce U.S. troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan, confirming that this decision came after President Donald Trump pledged to bring forces home when conditions were met that kept the U.S. and its allies safe.
According to the new plan, more troop levels will be withdrawn from Iraq and Afghanistan in Trump’s final days in office, despite controversies from senior military officials supporting slower, more methodical pullout. Trump refused to accept his election loss to Democrat Joe Biden, who takes charge on Jan. 20, just five days after the troop withdrawals are expected to finish.
Miller announced that commanders and advisers have agreed to the withdrawal plan and will cut the number of troops in Afghanistan from 4,500 to 2,500, and 3,000 to 2,500 in Iraq. He showed reluctance to take questions from reporters.