President Trump confirmed a report that the US military troops number in Iraq are decreasing. Commenting on the One America News Network’s report, Donald Trump on late Saturday said he has to “keep America out of endless and costly foreign wars.”
The United States is reducing its military presence in Iraq gradually, according to the Pentagon plans, confirmed the US President after he retweeted a story from the One America News (OAN) Network. The says that the number of American troops in Iraq will drop from the current 5,200 down to 3,500.
Now, Iraqi national forces are now more capable of continuing their own fight against ISIS, the outlet reported. And the 45th President of the US confirmed that information on his Twitter.
Trump has pushed to withdraw as many American troops from the Middle East as possible and has repeatedly vowed to end the war in Afghanistan. Around 8,600 U.S. soldiers remain in that country. A drawdown of troops from Iraq could allow Trump to tout the action going into the November 2020 election.
“Unlike previous administrations I have kept America out of new wars, and our troops are coming home,” Trump said at the Republican National Convention (RNC) on Thursday. The national leader has also pushed for a reduction of the U.S. military presence in Germany.
In his Thursday RNC speech accepting the GOP nomination for reelection to “keep America out of endless and costly foreign wars,” the president confirmed he used to keep his promises.
The war in Iraq has spanned seven years and caused 4,400 U.S. casualties, along with tens of thousands of Iraqi civilian deaths, according to the Council on Foreign Relations.