Officials said the coordinated announcement would be made sometime during Wednesday and that Iraqis were aware of the decision and were on board.
A senior administration official discussed the draw with reporters aboard Air Force One on Tuesday night on condition of anonymity.
The top U.S. general for the Middle East said in July that he believes U.S. Will have a small but sustainable presence in Iraq.
U.S. The commander of Central Command, Marine General Frank McKenzie, said he believed the Iraqi people welcomed the US and coalition forces, especially in the ongoing fight to prevent IS fighters from re-occupying the country.
“We’re looking forward to the day when we don’t have to be there,” Trump told reporters two weeks ago. The remarks came during a meeting of the Oval Office with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Qadimi. It seems to be an attempt by Trump to fulfill his promise to end U.S. involvement in “endless wars.”
Military officials have already announced that they plan to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan from the current level to between 4,000 and 4,000. That announcement will be made by the President in the coming days. A senior U.S. official told Fox that there is currently no immediate change in the approximately 600 U.S. troops in Syria.
The Associated Press contributes to this report
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