The United States plans to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Iraq by almost a third in the coming months. The Wall Street Journal reports with reference to government sources.
It notes that the U.S. military contingent in Iraq will be reduced to 3,500 troops. The media say the cuts are expected in the next two or three months. According to official data, there are currently about 5,200 U.S. soldiers in Iraq.
Earlier, presidential administration spokesman Donald Trump said the U.S. will continue to reduce its troop numbers in Iraq, but there is no strict time frame for that process. The same issue was discussed at Trump's meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazimi at the White House on August 20. In Iraq, U.S. troops have been performing various tasks since 2003. In June this year, the U.S. and Iraqi authorities signed an agreement in a joint statement that Washington will continue to reduce its military presence in Iraq in the coming months.