Defense secretary confirms pre-Biden troop drawdown in Iraq, Afghanistan

Defense secretary confirms pre-Biden troop drawdown in Iraq, Afghanistan


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Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller on Tuesday confirmed that President Trump will draw down troops in Afghanistan and Iraq days before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

Miller said the US will reduce troop levels to 2,500 in each country by Jan. 15 — down from 4,500 in Afghanistan and 3,000 in Iraq currently.

Miller, a veteran of both conflicts, described the move as a step away from “perpetual war” after nearly two decades of US intervention.

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“As a result of President Trump’s bold leadership, with the blessings of providence in the coming year, we will finish this generational war and bring our men and women home,” Miller said in a statement.

“We’ll protect our children from the heavy burden and toll of perpetual war, and we will honor the sacrifices made in service to peace and stability in Afghanistan, Iraq, and around the world, and celebrate all those who helped us secure freedom over oppression.”

Miller said the US

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