Military experts say a U.S. troop withdrawal complicates conditions on the ground

“It’s time to leave Afghanistan.”

That’s what the Pentagon’s new acting leader, Chris Miller, wrote in a two-page memo to Defense Department staff on Nov. 13.

Miller went on to add: “We are not a people of perpetual war — it is the antithesis of everything for which we stand and for which our ancestors fought. All wars must end.”

Four days later, Miller announced a major troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia: “By Jan. 15, 2021, our forces, their size in Afghanistan will be 2,500 troops. Our force size in Iraq will also be 2,500 by that same date.”


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