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

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller is announcing plans to reduce U.S. troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He says 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, even though Republicans and U.S. allies warn against a rash withdrawal.

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 is expected to take office Jan. 20, just five days after the troop withdrawals are slated to finish.

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