NEW: Acting Defense Sec. Chris Miller announces reductions in troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan by January 15, 2021.
"This is consistent with our established plans and strategic objectives...and does not equate to a change in U.S. policy or objectives." abcn.ws/36EAEjC #pentagon #usmilitary #soldiers #iraq #afghanistan #iraqwar #afghanistanwar #chrismiller #donaldtrump #pentagon
Here's the latest for Wednesday November 18th: Pfizer says it's communicating with Biden's team; Acting Pentagon chief cites risks during troop reductions; FAA clears Boeing 737 Max to fly again; Spacewalking astronauts prep for 2021 arrival of Russian lab. Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller said Tuesday the #US will reduce #troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan by mid-January, asserting that the decision fulfills President Donald #Trump's pledge to bring forces home from America's long wars even as Republicans and US allies warn of the dangers of withdrawing before conditions are right. President Trump asked his national security cabinet about striking Iran after UN inspectors reported Tehran was stockpiling uranium, NBC News confirms. Trump also pushed the Pentagon to withdraw troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. The Pentagon's top general declined to endorse a Christmastime withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, which President Trump called for last week. For more, CBSN's "Red & Blue" spoke to retired Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt about the conflicting messages and the nation's strategic goal in Afghanistan.