President Donald Trump will reduce the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller said Tuesday the U.S. will withdraw several thousand U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Iraq by mid-January.
American forces will be cut by roughly half in Afghanistan to 2,500 and by 500 troops in Iraq to 2,500. There are currently 4500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan and 3,000 in Iraq.
“Let us remind those who question our resolve or may seek to interfere with this prudent, well planned and coordinated transition, the United States armed forces remain committed to protecting the safety and security of the American people and supporting our like-minded allies and partners worldwide,” stated Miller.
Miller said the U.S. remains ready to respond if conditions in Afghanistan or Iraq deteriorate
“If the forces of terror, instability, division and hate begin a deliberate campaign to disrupt our efforts, we stand ready to apply the capabilities required to thwart them,” Miller continued.