The Trump administration is expected to cut the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan nearly in half to 2,500 by Jan. 15, a U.S. official said Monday.
The order would be close to outgoing President Donald Trump’s goal of withdrawing any troops rejected by military and diplomatic advisers by the end of the year.
The Pentagon also expects to cut the number of troops in Iraq to 2,500, a reduction of more than 500. The decisions follow Trump’s shaking of the Pentagon last week, during which he deployed loyalists who share his frustration with the continued presence of the troops in the Middle East. It would perform well for Trump in his final weeks in office, even if he refused to admit his loss to Joe Biden.