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Pentagon Brings Troops in Afghanistan Down to 2,500, Lowest Since 2001

The Pentagon announced on Friday that it has reached its goal of bringing troop number in Afghanistan down to 2,500, the lowest US presence in the country since the war began in 2001. Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller also confirmed that troop numbers in Iraq were down to 2,500. He announced the drawdowns back in November. At the time, there were about 4,000 troops in Afghanistan and 3,000 in Iraq. The Afghanistan drawdown was completed despite an amendment in the 2021 National Defense Authorization

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Pentagon Brings Troops in Afghanistan Down to 2,500, Lowest Since 2001

Letter: President Trump is responsible and must take the blame

I want to commend editor Phil Wright for his vulnerability in telling his personal story in a full page editorial in the Jan. 9 Observer. My personal story includes a phone call from my son in tears of rage because, as a combat medic in Afghanistan, he treated comrades who were willing to give their lives to defend American democracy. It was too much for him to witness the awful spectacle of a domestic insurgence on our own Capitol. I agree with the editor that there are things we can do locally to be more civil

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Letter: President Trump is responsible and must take the blame

US troop levels cut to 2,500 each in Afghanistan and Iraq, lowest mark in two decades

US President Donald Trump speaks to US troops at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, November 2019.© Olivier Douliery, AFP The US military has cut troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq to 2,500 each, their lowest levels in the nearly two decades since the wars began, the Pentagon announced Friday. Outgoing President Donald Trump, seeking to fulfill a campaign promise to end the two wars launched after the 9/11 attacks, had ordered force levels slashed in both countries to that level by January 15 -- despite initial

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US troop levels cut to 2,500 each in Afghanistan and Iraq, lowest mark in two decades

Highly-trained ex-military and cops counted among Capitol rioters

WASHINGTON (AP) - As President Donald Trump’s supporters massed outside the Capitol last week and sang the national anthem, a line of men wearing olive-drab helmets and body armor trudged purposefully up the marble stairs in a single-file line, each man holding the jacket collar of the one ahead. The formation, known as "Ranger File," is standard operating procedure for a combat team that is "stacking up" to breach a building — instantly recognizable to any U.S. soldier or Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Highly-trained ex-military and cops counted among Capitol rioters

Today's D Brief: No DOD farewell for Trump; US forces shrink in Iraq, Afghanistan; 20K Guardsmen to protect DC; New N. Korean weapons; And a bit more.

The U.S. military has drawn down to outgoing POTUS45’s ordered levels in Iraq and Afghanistan, Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller said in separate statements this morning. Let’s be clear: This is a significant adjustment to America’s military posture in and around the Middle East. However, U.S. operations are expected to continue as they had before outgoing President Donald Trump ordered those drawdowns in the wake of his failed re-election bid in November. By contrast, more than 20,000 American troops

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Today's D Brief: No DOD farewell for Trump; US forces shrink in Iraq, Afghanistan; 20K Guardsmen to protect DC; New N. Korean weapons; And a bit more.

National Guard on lookout for IEDs with culprit behind RNC, DNC bombs still on the loose

Wednesday's security briefing prep is the same one that troops receive before being deployed for Baghdad or Kabul The National Guard has been told to be on the lookout for improvised explosive devices after the Defense Department received a credible threat assessment Wednesday that armed protesters are planning to disrupt events surrounding the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Members of the National Guard assemble on Capitol Hill on Jan. 12. Photo Credit: Chris Kleponis/Sipa USA Officials increased

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National Guard on lookout for IEDs with culprit behind RNC, DNC bombs still on the loose

CNN anchor Jake Tapper sparks fury after questioning the democratic integrity of a GOP lawmaker whose legs were blown off while fighting for freedom in Afghanistan

CNN anchor Jake Tapper has sparked fury after questioning the democratic integrity of a Republican lawmaker whose legs were blown off while fighting for freedom. Representative Brian Mast (R-Fla.), who lost his limbs to an IED in Afghanistan, was one of seven Republicans to vote against Donald Trump's impeachment on Wednesday. Mast was also among more than a hundred GOP lawmakers who voted against the general election results last week, shortly before a mob of Trump's supporters raided the Capitol. Tapper said

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CNN anchor Jake Tapper sparks fury after questioning the democratic integrity of a GOP lawmaker whose legs were blown off while fighting for freedom in Afghanistan

Airstrike in Afghanistan bombs Taliban target. Now 18 members of one family feared dead.

U.S.-backed Afghan government and Taliban insurgents are engaged in historic talks to end the country's decadeslong conflict. Afghani President Ashraf Ghani at the presidential palace in Kabul in March.Anadolu Agency via Getty Images KABUL, Afghanistan — Mir Hatim says he spent the early hours of Jan. 10 sifting through the bombed-out house of his relatives, searching for their bodies in the rubble. “Everyone there was crying,” Hatim, 29, told NBC News by phone in the days after a nighttime Afghan airstrike

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Airstrike in Afghanistan bombs Taliban target. Now 18 members of one family feared dead.

Pentagon says US has dropped to 2,500 troops in Afghanistan

The Pentagon says it has reached its goal of reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan to roughly 2,500, a drawdown that appears to violate a last-minute congressional prohibition on troop withdrawals WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military has met its goal of reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan to about 2,500 by Friday, a drawdown that appears to violate a last-minute congressional prohibition. “Today, the United States is closer than ever to ending nearly two decades of war and welcoming in an

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Pentagon says US has dropped to 2,500 troops in Afghanistan

US has conceded too much to Taliban, says Afghan vice-president

Oops! Something went wrong. Please try again later. Swipe down to close. Oops! Something went wrong. Please try again later. Swipe down to close. Vice-President Amrullah Saleh speaking to the BBC as 2,500 US troops are set to leave Afghanistan With the US due to complete the withdrawal of another 2,500 troops from Afghanistan, the Afghan vice-president tells the BBC the US made a mistake in conceding too much to the Taliban. Amrullah Saleh says the American mission, which began 20 years ago, is not yet accomplished.

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US has conceded too much to Taliban, says Afghan vice-president

Two insider attackers kill 12 Afghan militiamen, official says

A sticky bomb attached to an armored police SUV exploded Saturday, killing two policemen and wounding another in Kabul, Afghanistan. KABUL, Afghanistan — At least two members of an Afghan militia opened fire on their fellow militiamen in the western Herat province, killing 12, in what provincial police on Saturday described as an insider attack. Herat police spokesman Abdul Ahad Walizada said the attackers fled with the slain militiamen’s weapons and ammunition, adding that Afghan government forces had

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Two insider attackers kill 12 Afghan militiamen, official says