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Trump, Pentagon, announced plan to withdraw more US troops from Iraq



President Trump and the Pentagon plan to announce a reduction in US troops from 5,200 to about 3,500, a senior defense official told Fox News.

The coordinated announcement is expected sometime on Wednesday and the Iraqis are aware of the decision and are on board, according to the official.

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A senior administrative official discussed the claim with reporters aboard Air Force One on Tuesday evening on condition of anonymity.

ISIS launched more than 100 attacks in Iraq in August, a significant increase from the previous month

The US Supreme General for the Middle East said in July that he believes the US will maintain a smaller but permanent presence in Iraq.

Navy General Frank McKenzie, the commander of US Central Command, said he believes the Iraqis are welcoming US and coalition forces, especially in the ongoing battle to prevent IS fighters from recapturing the country.

Trump told reporters two weeks ago: “We̵

7;re looking forward to the day when we don’t have to be there.” The comments came during an Oval Office meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi. The move appears to be an attempt by Trump to keep his promise to end US participation in “endless wars”.

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Military officials have already announced that they will reduce troops in Afghanistan from the current 4 to 5,000. This announcement will be made by the President in the coming days. There will be no immediate change to the roughly 600 US troops currently in Syria, a senior US official told Fox.

The Associated Press contributed to this report


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