The United States will reduce the troop presence in Iraq from 5,200 to 3,000 during the month of September.
According to Fox News:
The top U.S. commander in the Middle East announced in Baghdad Wednesday that 2,200 U.S. troops will withdraw from Iraq by the end of this month.
Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie made the announcement alongside the Iraqi Minister of Defense as a sign that the troop reduction decision was made in consultation with the government of Iraq.
“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,” McKenzie said.
The withdrawal announcement Wednesday was a coordinated effort between the Pentagon and President Trump, who has pledged to exit “endless wars.” Trump has hit Democratic opponent Joe Biden for his vote in favor of the Iraq War in 2002 as a member of the U.S. Senate and has campaigned on getting the U.S. military out of the Middle East.
President Trump said during his RNC acceptance speech at the White House, “unlike previous administrations, I have kept America out of new wars and our troops are coming home.”
The US has announced that troop levels in Afghanistan will be reduced to 4,000 to 5,000 from current levels.