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Washington Times/ Pentagon brushes aside criticism, moves ahead with troop drawdowns in Afghanistan, Iraq
Newsweek/ Exclusive: Taliban Welcomes Trump Troop Drawdown in Afghanistan as 'Practical Step' Toward Peace
Less than two months before the new administration comes to white house, Trump has announced that it's administration is moving forward to downsize the military members in Iraq and Afghanistan before January 20th. While some news sources have welcomed this news some other news sources are looking at the situation with a lot of suspicion.
Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller announced Tuesday that the US will withdraw thousands more US troops from Afghanistan and Iraq by January 15, 2021 -- just days before President-elect Joe Biden takes office, confirming plans first reported by CNN on Monday.
The Defense Department on Tuesday confirmed that the U.S. will significantly cut its military presence in both Afghanistan and Iraq by Jan. 15, drawing down the number of troops in each country to 2,500 and in the process fulfilling a central yet highly controversial foreign policy priority of President Trump.
The Taliban has welcomed the Pentagon chief's announcement that President Donald Trump has ordered the withdrawal of around 2,000 troops from Afghanistan, a move the group told Newsweek would serve as a constructive measure toward ending the United States' nearly two-decade war in the country.
“I am formally announcing that we will implement President Trump’s orders to continue our repositioning of forces from those two countries,” Miller said. “By January 15th, 2021, our forces, their size in Afghanistan, will be 2,500 troops. Our force size in Iraq will also be 2,500 by that same date.”