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  • The Trump administration announced Wednesday that more than 2,000 troops will be withdrawn from Iraq this month 
  • The administration plans to announce a drawdown in Afghanistan also in the coming days
  • CENTCOM Commander Gen.  Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. said U.S. troop presence would go from about 5,200 troops to 3,000
  • This will ‘allow us to continue advising and assisting our Iraqi partners in rooting out the final remnants of ISIS in Iraq,’ he said, according to CNN 
  • The announcement comes as President Donald Trump is under fire for disparaging comments The Atlantic reported he made about the military 
  • On Monday Trump also said the top Pentagon brass sends U.S. forces to war to make defense companies happy 
  • As a candidate, Trump blasted the decision to go to war with Iraq and vowed to pull the U.S. out of ‘endless wars’ 

The Trump administration announced Wednesday that more than 2,000 troops will be withdrawn from Iraq and the administration is looking to announce a drawdown in Afghanistan in coming days. 

CENTCOM Commander Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. said the reduction will go from about 5,200 troops in Iraq to 3,000 and happen this month, which he said will ‘allow us to continue advising and assisting our Iraqi partners in rooting out the final remnants of ISIS in Iraq,’ according to CNN. 

Reporters first caught wind of the president’s plan when a senior administration official discussed it with the press pool on Air Force One Tuesday night – and did so on the condition of anonymity.  

The planned announcements come as the president has been trying to make the case that he has fulfilled the promises he made four years ago as he tries to secure a second term. Among them: pulling the U.S. out of ‘endless wars.’  

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