President Trump has ordered the withdrawal of 2,200 troops from Iraq within the coming weeks, fulfilling one of his major campaign promises to end the US’s military involvement in the middle east.
Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, the top U.S. commander of Central Command, confirmed on Wednesday that the number of troops in the area will drop from 5,200 to 3,000 during the month of September.
“We kept America out of new wars, and we’re bringing our troops back home,” Trump told supporters at a campaign event at Winston-Salem on Tuesday. “We’re bringing them back home from all of these faraway places.”
Breitbart reported on Wednesday that “the war reached a height of more than 160,000 U.S. troops in Iraq in 2007. More than 3,500 U.S. troops have been killed in combat in Iraq, and over 32,000 wounded in action.”
“In recognition of the great progress the Iraqi forces have made and in consultation and coordination with the government of Iraq and our coalition partners, the United States has decided to reduce our troop presence in Iraq from about 5,200 to 3,000 troops during the month of September,” General McKenzie declared.
In addition to the Iraq drawdown order, Trump is working on bringing troops home from Afghanistan that have been stationed there since 2001.
According to reports, Trump is attempting to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan down from 8,500 to between 4,000 and 5,000 before Election Day in November.
Donald Trump has successfully bucked the trend of GOP presidents escalating new wars, and the liberal media has no idea what to do about it. Trump’s decision to prioritize bringing troops home and ending the endless wars has the media and Democrats in a bind as they look for ways to attack his record in the middle east.