POTUS Trump to Bring Home 30% of US Troops From Iraq; Statement Expected with Sec. Pompeo on Wednesday

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.

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  1. Huge mistake. Why on Earth can’t military policy setters get it straight that Muslim atrocities will continue until a giant knee is placed on their necks? The two great threats to civilized peoples are Islam and Chinese communists; at this juncture, Russia is a natural ally against both. Pull everything out of Germany – why reward the Merklites for their snooty obtuseness – and set up the powerful base that should have been Iraq’s gift of gratitude for the removal of Sadam and the sectarian violence that required the “surge”. The ME would have started making peace deals 15 years ago if the US and “the willing” had imposed total surrender on Iraq and gave them a secular constitution. Islam will crumble of its own dreadfulness if the people are allowed enough freedom and security. Week-kneed withdrawal is a terrible mistake.

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