US soldiers stand at the Qayyarah air base, Iraq
US soldiers at the Qayyarah air base, Iraq
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US President Donald Trump speaks during the first day of the Republican National Convention

Trump planning to withdraw more U.S. troops from Iraq

Top American general for Mideast says he believes army will keep a smaller but enduring presence in country, with full withdrawal possible in the future

Associated Press |
Published: 09.09.20 , 10:36
The Trump administration will announce Wednesday that it is withdrawing additional troops from Iraq, as President Donald Trump tries to make good on his campaign promise to disentangle the country from “endless wars.”
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  • A senior administration official discussed the draw-down with reporters aboard Air Force One on Tuesday night, on condition of anonymity. The official said the administration is also looking to announce the withdrawal of additional troops from Afghanistan in the coming days.
    US President Donald Trump speaks during the first day of the Republican National Convention US President Donald Trump speaks during the first day of the Republican National Convention
    US President Donald Trump speaks during the first day of the Republican National Convention
    (Photo: AFP)
    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.
    There are more than 5,000 American troops in Iraq now. In July, the top U.S. general for the Middle East said he believed the U.S. will keep a smaller but enduring presence in the country.
    US soldiers stand at the Qayyarah air base, IraqUS soldiers stand at the Qayyarah air base, Iraq
    US soldiers at the Qayyarah air base, Iraq
    (Photo: AFP)
    Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, said he believes the Iraqis welcome the U.S. and coalition troops, especially in the ongoing fight to keep IS fighters from taking hold of the country again.
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    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
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    Trump told reporters two weeks ago that “we look forward to the day when we don’t have to be there.” The comments came during an Oval Office meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.
    However, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo emphasized at that same meeting that a full withdrawal of U.S. troops would only occur once “we can complete the mission.”

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