Acting Defense Sec. Chris Miller on the Reduction of u.s. Troops in Afghanistan to the Lowest Level Since 2001.

January 17, 2021

With a force of 2,500, commanders have what they need to keep America, our people and our interests safe.

  • The troop level reduction was announced in November.
  • The Defense Dept. says this is part of a plan for “Afghan-owned, Afghan-led peace process to achieve a political settlement and a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire.”
  • Pres. Trump had promised to end “America’s endless wars” but his approach remains a controversial one, especially as the U.S. continues to negotiate with the Taliban.
  • The Defense Dept. also announced the U.S. reduced U.S. troops to 2500 in Iraq.

Why It Matters: Afghanistan is America’s longest war. While this troop reduction is not the “end” of the conflict, it’s a significant move. The Defense Dept. announced plans for *potentially* bringing U.S. troop levels to zero by May. At the height of the war, the U.S. had more than 100,000 troops in Afghanistan.

Official announcement on Afghanistan

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