Trump Admin Plans For Troop Drawdown In Afghanistan, Iraq
US MILITARY ANTICIPATES TRUMP WILL ISSUE ORDER TO PLAN FOR FURTHER TROOP WITHDRAWALS FROM AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ
(CNN) – The U.S. military is anticipating president Trump will send more troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq before he leaves office.
According to two U.S. officials familiar with the matter, the Pentagon has issued a notice to commanders known as a “warning order” to begin planning for a drawdown.
They say the formal order from president Trump could come as soon as this week.
Currently there are approximately 4,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan and 3,000 troops in Iraq.
The Pentagon and White House did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
Sources say former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper was pushing back on a premature withdrawal from Afghanistan, before he was fired last week.
Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller sent a seemingly contradictory message on Friday.
It said the U.S. must continue its battle against Al Qaeda and the terrorist forces behind 9-11 while also saying it was time to bring troops home.