Kabul: US President Donald Trump’s administration aims to order the withdrawal of more troops from Afghanistan and Iraq before he departs the White House on January 20.
Trump is expected to release the withdrawal order within two or three days, however, the Pentagon has opposed the idea of withdrawal, according to the CNN reports.
Currently, around 4,500 US troops are stationed in Afghanistan and 3,000 in Iraq, which according to Trump’s expected order, their number would reduce to 2,500 in each of the two countries by January 15.
However, on Saturday, the US Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller sent a message the country’s military, stating, “This war isn’t over. We are on the verge of defeating al Qaida and its associates.”
“This is the critical phase in which we transition our efforts from leadership to supporting role. All wars must end. Ending wars requires compromise and partnership. We met the challenge; we gave it our all. Now, it’s time to come home,” Miller added.
This comes after Trump’s announcement that he would pull out all US troops from Afghanistan by Christmas.