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Pentagon Begins Planning For Troop Drawdowns In Afghanistan And Iraq

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The Defense Department has initiated plans for troop drawdowns in Afghanistan and Iraq, Fox News confirmed Monday.

The Pentagon has issued planning orders to prepare to drawdown further in Afghanistan and Iraq before Jan. 20, when the White House National Security team has indicated President-elect Biden will be sworn in, multiple senior U. S. defense officials have told Fox News.

The troop number in Afghanistan will go to 2,500 from the current level of about 4,500 but not to zero as many had feared.

In Iraq, President Trump will likely order 500 troops to leave, bringing the number of troops there to about 2,500.

The president campaigned on finishing the “endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Last week, Defense Secretary Mark Esper was fi… (Read more)