President Trump intends to get as close as possible to his campaign promise to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, drawing down troops in each country to just 2,500 by the end of his tenure, according to a report.
The Pentagon has issued a “warning order” to field commanders, according to CNN, alerting them to prepare for a quick drawdown order from the White House.
Currently, Afghanistan has 4,500 troops, and Iraq has some 3,000 troops. In both countries, American soldiers are training domestic militaries and partnering in counterterrorism operations.
“It’s always been President Trump’s objective to draw down these involvements in other countries,” retired Lt. Col. Dakota Wood, a security analyst at the Heritage Foundation, told the Washington Examiner.
“His argument is, ‘We’ve been there long enough, it’s time to bring everybody home,’” he said. “The counter to that is there’s still stuff going on in Afghanistan.”
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