Pentagon: U.S. to withdraw 11,900 troops from Germany

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Added On July 30, 2020

The United States plans to withdraw 11,900 military personnel from Germany, reducing U.S. troops there from some 36,000 to 24,000.

 
According to the Pentagon, among the U.S. troops that would be withdrawn, about 5,600 will be repositioned to other NATO countries, while the rest will be returned to the United States with some beginning rotational deployment back to Europe.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): MARK ESPER, Secretary of Defense
"The current EUCOM plan will reposition approximately 11,900 military personnel from Germany – from roughly 36,000 down to 24,000 – in a manner that will strengthen NATO, enhance the deterrence of Russia, and meet the other principles I set forth."
 
Some U.S. forces currently stationed in Germany would be redeployed to Belgium and Italy, and others would begin continuous rotation in the Black Sea region.
 
The German government's transatlantic coordinator Peter Beyer on Wednesday criticized the withdrawal plan.
 
He said a reduction of U.S. troops was "not in the security interest of Germany or the NATO, and it makes no geopolitical sense for the United States either.
 
U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly complained that U.S. allies are exploiting the country on defense spending.
 
Criticizing Berlin's "delinquency" on military spending, Trump last month ordered the U.S. military to withdraw 9,500 troops from Germany. 
 
Dozens of House Republicans have voiced opposition to Trump's decision to reduce the country's military presence in Germany.
 
The reposition announcement came as relations between Washington and Berlin have become strained. The two allies have been at odds with each other on Iran nuclear issues, the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, and defense burden-sharing, among other topics.