Aug 30, 2020 - World

Trump announces plans to withdraw more U.S. troops from Iraq

 Soldiers are seen with face masks as the U.S.-led coalition against the Daesh/ISIS terror group on Thursday formally handed over to Iraq the Qayyarah airbase in southern Mosul, Iraq on March 26
The U.S.-led coalition against ISIS formally handing over to Iraq the Qayyarah airbase in southern Mosul, Iraq, in March. Photo: Murtadha Al-Sudani/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted late Saturday that the U.S. is "planning to cut" its military presence in Iraq, without elaborating further.

The big picture: Trump's tweet linked to an OAN article reporting that American troop numbers in the region would decline from 5,200 to 3,500, a number also reported by the Wall Street Journal and Stars and Stripes. Coalition forces left three Iraqi bases in March, including the U.S.-led coalition withdrawal from K1 Air Base. The White House and Defense Department did not immediately respond to Axios' requests for comment.

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