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Donald Trump to order US troop reductions in Afghanistan, Iraq by Jan 15

The Trump administration is expected to cut the number of US troops in Afghanistan almost in half to 2,500 by Jan 15

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President Donald Trump speaks at the White House, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump

The Trump administration is expected to cut the number of U.S. troops in almost in half to 2,500 by Jan. 15, a U.S. official said Monday.

The order would stop short of outgoing President Donald Trump's goal to have all troops withdrawn by the end of the year, which had faced opposition from military and diplomatic advisers.

The Pentagon also expects to cut the number of troops in to 2,500, a reduction of more than 500. The decisions follow Trump's shakeup of the Pentagon last week in which he installed loyalists who share his frustration with the continued troop presence in the Middle East.

It would give Trump an accomplishment in his final weeks in office even as he refuses to concede his election loss to Joe Biden.

The official said military leaders were told over the weekend about the planned withdrawals and an executive order is in the works but has not yet been delivered to commanders.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. There are between 4,500-5,000 troops in now, and more than 3,000 in

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First Published: Tue, November 17 2020. 09:20 IST
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