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Trump Poised to Order Troop Cuts From Afghanistan and Iraq

  • Central Command is told to expect an order for the drawdowns
  • Senator McConnell opposes ‘simply walking away’ from conflicts
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Donald Trump is expected to issue a formal order drawing down U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq to 2,500 in each country by Jan. 15, a U.S. defense official said, as the president works to deliver on his longtime pledge to exit from “endless wars.”

U.S. Central Command has received an informal warning order, according to the official. The expected order, reported earlier Monday by CNN, would reduce troops from about 4,500 in Afghanistan and from about 3,000 in Iraq before Trump leaves office.