World Desk, Tech for FTCP, Washington
Updated Wed, 18 Nov 2020 01:29 AM IST
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United States acting minister of defense Christopher Miller said that 'by January 15, 2021, our force in Afghanistan will be 2,500 troops. In Iraq also, the size of our force will increase to 2,500 on the same day.
By January 15, 2021, our force size in Afghanistan will be 2,500 troops. Our force size in Iraq will also be 2,500 by that same day: Christopher Miller, Acting Defense Secretary of the United States pic.twitter.com/i31CnHvYX2
– ANI (@ANI) November 17, 2020
Significantly, prior to President Trump's announcement of the withdrawal of troops, White House National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien claimed that by the beginning of 2021, a satisfactory number of troops from Afghanistan would be reduced. At an event held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, he stated that 'when President Trump took office, there were 10,000 American soldiers in Afghanistan. At present, their number is 5 thousand. By the beginning of next year, this number will come down to 2500.
President Donald Trump said in October that all remaining soldiers in Afghanistan would return to the US by Christmas. He made this statement on the occasion of the completion of 19 years of the US invasion of Afghanistan. Let me tell you that during the fight with Taliban in Afghanistan, about 2400 American soldiers have lost their lives, while several thousand soldiers have been badly injured.