The United States will move troops to Afghanistan from Iraq – says US defense official.
“That’s correct, but I can’t talk numbers/specifics on the shift,” said defense spokesman Eric Pahon Monday when asked to confirm media reports that US troops in Iraq will be moved to Afghanistan.
Earlier in the day, Iraq’s government spokesman Saad Al Hadithi said the United States had started a gradual reduction of its troops in the country.
“There is a downward trend in US troops there [in Iraq], yes, but not a huge impending exodus,” Pahon added.
According to Sputnik, the Pentagon said in a release earlier that the US-led Coalition against Daesh would shift focus from combat operations in Iraq to sustaining and securing the gains made against the terrorist organization.
This comes as ISIL terrorist group defeated in Iraq and is expected to grow up in Afghanistan.