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.