The United States government has agreed to reduce the size of the military operation in Iraq from 5,200 to 3,000 in order to keep the successive pledges of President Donald Trump, who was calling for an end to “endless wars” in the near vicinity before he even reached the White House East.
The most important US military official in the Middle East, General Kenneth McKenzie, announced from Baghdad this Wednesday the extent of the first troop reduction in Iraq since 2016. More soldiers will be returning than originally planned and will be returning in less time as the changes will be made “in September”.
McKenzie has stated that Washington is acting in concert with its international allies and wants to recognize the work of local forces. “The decision is based on the confidence we have that the Iraqi security forces are increasingly able to act independently,” he said, according to ABC News.
The US general has told the media that the US armed forces will continue to “advise and assist” their partners in order to “exterminate the last remnants of the Islamic state in Iraq and guarantee their ultimate defeat”.