Trump orders troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq

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President Trump has ordered the Pentagon to withdraw 2,500 troops by the middle of January from Afghanistan and Iraq, said Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller on Tuesday. This will represent a total reduction of troops from 4,500 to 2,500 and from 3,000 to 2,500 in Afghanistan and Iraq, respectively. According to The Hill, the decision was a recommendation by Trump’s military officials, and was approved by him, as a “collaborative decision.” However, the order seems to coincide with Trump’s firing of previous Defense Secretary Mark Esper and replacing him with Miller, which led to a chain of further dismissals at the Pentagon from the top down.