U.S. military to cut in half troop deployment in Iraq

Troops will be cut to 3,000 service members.

Published: September 9, 2020 10:15am

Updated: September 9, 2020 12:50pm

The United States said Wednesday that it is cutting troop levels in Iraq roughly in half, to 3,000 forces, helping fulfill President Trump's goal of reducing the U.S. military's overseas deployments.

The announcement was made by the top U.S. commander in the Middle East.

The decision to reduce the 5,200 troops now in Iraq follows Trump's recent meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, according to The New York Times.

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