Pentagon Announces Drawdown of U.S. Troops in Afghanistan, Iraq

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Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller announced plans to reduce U.S. troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan saying it fulfills President Donald Trump’s pledge to bring forces home when conditions were met that kept U.S. and allies safe. The new plan which will accelerate troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan in President Donald Trump’s final days in office, despite arguments from senior military officials in favor of a a slower, more methodical pullout. Speaking from the Pentagon briefing room, Miller said the planned drawdown is “consistent with our established plans and strategic objectives, supported by the American people and does not equate to a change in U.S. policy or objectives.” Trump has refused to concede his election loss to Democrat Joe Biden, who takes office Jan. 20, just five days after the troop withdrawals are slated to finish. The withdrawal plan, which will cut the number of troops in Afghanistan from more than 4,500 to 2,500, and in Iraq from about 3,000 to 2,500, has already been greeted coolly by some Republican leaders on Capitol Hill, and a somewhat uncharacteristically blunt critique from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2TwO8Gm Bloomberg Quicktake brings you live global news and original shows spanning business, technology, politics and culture. Make sense of the stories changing your business and your world. To watch complete coverage on Bloomberg Quicktake 24/7, visit http://www.bloomberg.com/qt/live, or watch on Apple TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Fire TV and Android TV on the Bloomberg app. Connect with us on… YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Bloomberg Breaking News on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BloombergQuickTakeNews Twitter: https://twitter.com/quicktake Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/quicktake Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/quicktake

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