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US troop pullout will leave behind an uncertain Afghanistan

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ISLAMABAD — The Biden administration’s surprise announcement of an unconditional troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 appears to strip the Taliban and the Afghan government of considerable leverage and could ramp up pressure on them to reach a peace deal. The Taliban and Afghan government can no longer hold the U.S. hostage — the […]

New in 2021: Troop withdrawal from Germany in a holding pattern

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A Trump administration plan to pull 12,000 troops out of Germany has an uncertain future as the Biden administration prepares to take over. Announced in late July, then-Defense Secretary Mark Esper said some of those units could begin moving within “a matter of weeks,” but so far, the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, U.S. European Command headquarters […]

New in 2021: US troop presence heading down to 2,500 in Iraq and Afghanistan

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The global war on terrorism is hitting a drawdown milestone on Jan. 15, when U.S. troop levels hit 2,500 each in Iraq and Afghanistan, after nearly two decades of war in both countries. Though it did not set another milestone for Iraq, the Trump administration has said it hopes to have all troops out of […]

New in 2021: US troop presence heading down to 2,500 in Iraq and Afghanistan

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The global war on terrorism is hitting a drawdown milestone on Jan. 15, when U.S. troop levels hit 2,500 each in Iraq and Afghanistan, after nearly two decades of war in both countries. Though it did not set another milestone for Iraq, the Trump administration has said it hopes to have all troops out of […]

New in 2021: US troop presence heading down to 2,500 in Iraq and Afghanistan

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The global war on terrorism is hitting a drawdown milestone on Jan. 15, when U.S. troop levels hit 2,500 each in Iraq and Afghanistan, after nearly two decades of war in both countries. Though it did not set another milestone for Iraq, the Trump administration has said it hopes to have all troops out of […]

US troop pullouts in Mideast raise fears of Iranian attacks

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WASHINGTON — As the Pentagon pulls troops out of the Middle East in the coming weeks, under orders from President Donald Trump, U.S. military leaders are working to find other ways to deter potential attacks by Iran and its proxies, and to counter arguments that America is abandoning the region. A senior U.S. military official […]

US troop pullouts in Mideast raise fears of Iranian attacks

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WASHINGTON — As the Pentagon pulls troops out of the Middle East in the coming weeks, under orders from President Donald Trump, U.S. military leaders are working to find other ways to deter potential attacks by Iran and its proxies, and to counter arguments that America is abandoning the region. A senior U.S. military official […]

Accelerated US troop withdrawal rattles Afghan allies and adversaries alike

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ISLAMABAD — An accelerated U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, announced by Washington this week, has rattled both allies and adversaries. There are fears of worsening violence and regional chaos, which some say could embolden the local Islamic State affiliate to regroup and perhaps even try to build another “caliphate.” Under an earlier deal between the […]

US troop deployments in Iraq to be focus of White House talks this week

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Further reductions to the U.S. military footprint in Iraq will be among the topics of discussion when Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi visits the White House on Thursday. Currently about 5,000 American troops are stationed in the country, even though President Donald Trump declared the Islamic State group defeated nine months ago and ordered the start […]

Trump’s troop drawdown from Germany will take ‘years,’ says Inhofe

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WASHINGTON and COLOGNE, Germany — U.S. President Donald Trump’s goal to withdraw 10,000 American troops from Germany will take years to execute, according to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. Inhofe’s disclosure, after he was briefed by Pentagon officials on the plans, suggests there wouldn’t be the hasty pullout critics feared, but a […]