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Trump to Announce Further Reduction in US Troops in Iraq

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United States President Donald Trump will announce a further withdrawal of US troops from Iraq on Wednesday, according to a senior administration official, as he faces a backlash from reports that he allegedly insulted American veterans and war dead, al-Jazeera reports.

He will also announce an additional reduction in US forces in Afghanistan, the official said.

His announcement, and the timing of it, may be aimed at convincing voters that he is following through on promises to end what he has described as the US's endless wars.

The US has around 5,200 troops that were deployed in Iraq to fight the ISIL (ISIS) armed group.

A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters news agency in August that the country expected to reduce the number of its troops in Iraq by about a third in the coming months.

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