Washington: By January 15, the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump could have almost halved the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to 2,500. A US official gave this information. Trump’s goal of withdrawing all troops by the end of this year, however, will not be achieved.
The Pentagon is also expected to withdraw more than 500 troops from Iraq and increase its presence there to 2,500. All this will be done in the last few weeks of Trump’s tenure. However, he has not yet conceded defeat in the presidential election to Joe Biden of the Democratic Party. The army chief was briefed over the weekend and an executive order was being prepared, the official said. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there were currently 4,500 to 5,000 US troops in Afghanistan and more than 3,000 in Ira