Pentagon confirms troops drawdown plan in Afghanistan, Iraq

Added On November 18, 2020

Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller noted that the forces reposition plan, ordered by President Donald Trump, "is consistent with our established plans and strategic objective." Currently, there are approximately 4,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and 3,000 troops in Iraq to support Iraqi forces in battles against remnants of the Islamic State, mainly for training and advisory purposes. The force reduction plan came after a reshuffle of Pentagon leadership last week. Trump on Nov. 9 appointed Miller, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, as acting defense secretary to replace former Pentagon chief Mark Esper, who reportedly had been pushing back on a premature withdrawal from Afghanistan.