US cuts numbers of its troops in Iraq
The US military has cut troop levels in Iraq to 2,500 each, their lowest levels in the nearly two decades since the war in the country began, the Pentagon announced Friday, January 15.

Outgoing President Donald Trump, seeking to fulfill a campaign promise to end the two wars of Iraq and Afghanistan launched after the 9/11 attacks, had ordered force levels slashed in both countries to that level by January 15.
Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller said progress towards peace in both countries permits the cuts without a decrease in security for Americans and their counterparts.
On Iraq, Miller said the US force reduction reflects "the increased capabilities of the Iraqi security forces."
He added, though, that the reduction "does not equate to a change in US policy."
"US and Coalition forces remain in Iraq to ensure the enduring defeat of (the Islamic State group)."
"We will continue to have a counterterrorism platform in Iraq to support partner forces with airpower and intelligence," he said.
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