The orders are expected by the end of this week.
There are currently 4,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan and 3,000 in Iraq.
This troop reduction in Afghanistan is not a full withdrawal of all 4,500 troops that has been speculated since Chris Miller became the new acting secretary of defense last week.
In his first message to the force that was released overnight on Friday, Miller hinted at the end of the endless wars.
“As we prepare for the future, we remain committed to finishing the war that Al Qaida brought to our shores in 2001. This war isn’t over. We are on the verge of defeating Al Qaida and its associates, but we must avoid our past strategic error of failing to see the fight through to the finish,” he wrote. “Indeed, this fight has been long, our sacrifices have been enormous. and many are weary of war – I’m one of them – but this is the critical phase in which we transition our efforts from a leadership to supporting role.”
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