U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are expected to announce plans to withdraw troops from Iraq in a press conference on Wednesday.
The withdrawal of troops from the region is expected to decrease the number from just above 5,000 to about 3,500 according to a senior administration official who discussed the draw-down with reporters aboard Air Force One on Tuesday night, on condition of anonymity, according to FOX News.
Commander of U.S. Central Command, Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, told reporters he believes the Iraqis welcome the U.S. and coalition troops, especially in the fight to keep IS fighters from taking hold of the country again.
The move is in line with President Trump’s 2016 campaign promise to remove the United States and our troops from ‘endless wars’ and bring our young men and women home.
There are also plans to reduce the troop total in Afghanistan that should be announced in the coming days, according to FOX News.
As of May 2018, there were currently around 8,475 troops in Afghanistan, according to NATO, and plans are to reduce that number to between 4,000 to 5,000.
The U.S. must maintain a small presence in both regions as a deterrent to prevent ISIS, and any other terrorist inspired groups from re-emerging as potential threats in the region, and to help maintain peace.