Baghdad, The Wall Street Journal quoted sources in the US Defense Department as saying that the authorities in Washington are counting on reconsidering the previous administration’s decision to reduce the number of US forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.
According to sources in the Pentagon, the newspaper reported that former President Donald Trump’s decision to reduce US forces to 2,500 military personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq puts the current US President Joe Biden’s administration in front of the need to “assess the strategic role of the United States,” especially in these two conflicts.
In particular, the paper notes that the new Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, is planning to review the decision to withdraw troops.
The newspaper quoted the Director of the Information Office of the US Department of Defense, John Kirby, as saying that the official decision to review the number of US forces in Afghanistan and Iraq has not yet been taken, but he stressed, however, that the Biden administration “is counting on a better understanding of the current situation with regard to operations in both countries .
“Our approach to seeking to protect Americans from the threat of terrorism without spending additional resources on this has not changed,” Kirby said.
The Wall Street Journal also quoted a Pentagon spokesman as saying that decisions regarding the number of US forces would be made by contacting the authorities in Afghanistan and Iraq.
On January 15, the US Department of Defense announced, under the direction of former President Donald Trump, its intention to reduce US forces in Afghanistan and Iraq to 2,500 military personnel in each of the two countries.
Acting Defense Secretary at the time Christopher Miller indicated that US forces were remaining in Iraq to ensure “the final defeat of ISIS,” noting that the Pentagon continues to work on a plan that would reduce the number of US military units in Afghanistan to zero by May 2021.
On February 29, 2020, the United States and the Afghan Taliban signed a peace agreement in the Qatari capital, according to which the United States and its allies must withdraw all forces from Afghanistan within 14 months, while the Taliban movement will ensure that the lands of Afghanistan are not used in acts that pose a threat to the security of the United States and its allies.
Source: National Iraqi News Agency