US President Donald Trump is going to withdraw 4.5 thousand American troops from Afghanistan and Iraq before leaving the post of head of state. This is reported by the British edition of The Times with reference to its own source.
This intention of Trump has been known for some time. According to the Times, the personnel reshuffle at the Pentagon arranged by the head of state is linked precisely to these plans. Two days earlier it became known that the dismissed head of the military department Mark Esper finally spoke out against the complete withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in a secret letter to the president.
Earlier, a source from the US Department of Defense told reporters about the possible desire of Donald Trump to conduct an operation against Iran after Esper's dismissal. It was noted that Esper contradicted the US president on the Iranian issue, refuting some of his statements, including after the elimination of the general of the elite Iranian special forces “Al-Quds” of the IRGC Qassem Soleimani on January 3.
On November 9, it was reported that the American leader had dismissed Esper. Trump also announced the appointment of the head of the National Counter Terrorism Center, Christopher Miller, as acting defense secretary.