U.S. announces withdrawal from Iraq, Afghanistan

The U.S. announced it intends to withdraw 2,500 troops from both Iraq and Afghanistan by January 15th. 

It's a campaign promise from President Donald Trump, but some Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are advising against it.

Currently, there are about 4,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan and 3,000 in Iraq. 

Lawmakers are concerned about the speed and timing of drawing down troops in the region. 

The announced withdrawal is days before projected presidential winner Joe Biden takes office on January 20th, 2021. 

Harlan Ullman, a senior advisor at the Atlantic Council, a think tank that focuses on international affairs in Washington, D.C., says the move is reckless and unsupportable. 

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