U.S. Troops in Afghanistan, Iraq Coming Home; Air Force Deploys B-52 to Middle East

The Pentagon has begun preparing to drawdown troop totals in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Pentagon began issuing planning orders for the drawdown, to occur before January 20, 2020. Current troop levels in Afghanistan are 4,500 and will be drawn down to 2,500. Some 500 troops are scheduled to return from Iraq, leaving a similar total of 2,500 troops in that country. Reported by Fox News. Read more… On November 17, 2020 acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller made official U.S. President Trump’s promise to further drawdown troop totals in Afghanistan and Iraq. Reported by Fox News. Read more… Some military personnel, however, are going in the opposite direction—heading for the Middle East. On November 21, 2020, the U.S. Air Force deployed B-52 Stratofortress bombers to the region. Bomber crews performed the mission on “short notice” to “deter aggression and reassure U.S. partners and allies.” Reported by Fox News. Read more… Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary-General, warned against pulling troops out too quickly, saying the West could pay a “high price.” Stoltenberg said that a quick withdrawal could allow Islamic State militants to regroup. Reported by Reuters. Read more…