After holding talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, President Donald Trump hopes to implement a one-third reduction of U.S. troops in the territory, the Wall Street Journal revealed on Friday, Aug. 28.
There are currently 5,200 military personnel stationed in Iraq. With the new measure that will drop to 3,500, the number of soldiers that existed in 2015, when the United States began to intensify its action against the terrorist group ISIS, according to National Review.
The measure taken by the Trump administration comes after President Trump announced the signing of a peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, in addition to another peace agreement reached between the United States and the Taliban last February.
“When we came into office, ISIS was running rampant all over Iraq and Syria. And we knocked out the 100% of the ISIS caliphate. The Obama administration did a very poor job,” President Trump said last week, according to the Daily Caller.
According to reports, a total withdrawal of troops is not being contemplated due to the emergence of ISIS terrorists as a result of the last withdrawal of troops during the Barack Obama administration.
The troop withdrawal is also part of a larger planned action in Afghanistan, but progress has been limited since the signing of the agreement. According to the original agreement, the United States would carry out a total withdrawal of troops if the Taliban committed to not intensifying the violence.
Last Thursday in the middle of the Republican National Convention, President Trump said, “Unlike previous administrations, I have kept the United States out of new wars and our troops are coming home.
During the past sessions of the annual Republican Party meeting, speakers took advantage of and highlighted the president’s efforts to eliminate ISIS, confront China and Iran, and order the return of troops.
“Compare President Trump with the disastrous record of Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden, who consistently called for more war,” said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). He then added, “Joe Biden voted for the Iraq war, which President Trump has long called the worst geopolitical mistake of our generation,” The Hill reported.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said, “Obama and Biden let North Korea threaten America. President Trump rejected that weakness, and we passed the toughest sanctions on North Korea in history.”
“Obama and Biden let Iran get away with murder and literally sent them a plane full of cash. President Trump did the right thing and ripped up the Iran nuclear deal,” Haley added according to the Washington Examiner.