Before leaving the White House, President Donald Trump reduce the presence of military troops from United States in Afghanistan e Iraq. This was confirmed this Tuesday by the acting Secretary of Defense, Chris Miller, which has remarked that the decision of the outgoing Administration does not imply a change in policy, but is a movement “consistent with the strategic objectives.”
Trump’s decision, reluctantly of what part of the Pentagon, will leave a total of 2,500 US military personnel in each country. Following that declaration of intent, the president is expected to sign an order this week for that partial withdrawal to take place before January 15. Five days later the celebration of the inauguration ceremony of the presidency of Joe Biden, which opens a new scenario in the Middle East.
Nowadays, USA has about 4,500 soldiers in Afghanistan and 3,000 others in Iraq, two tremendously unstable countries after years of war. Despite being announced by the acting head of the Pentagon, Trump’s withdrawal has generated unrest in the military cupola the country and among its Republican allies.
Your predecessor in office, Mark Esper, warned the White House earlier this month that the unanimous recommendation of the country’s military chain of command was do not reduce the presence of troops in those countries until the conditions were met, sources explained to CNN. On November 9, the president fired Esper, whose position was approved by the Senate. Despite the fact that they already had a bad relationship since he criticized the deployment of military troops in the US streets during protests due to police violence, the proximity of the elections stopped Trump, who did not want internal scandals before the elections . The defeat in the schools left him with a free hand to kick him out.
The withdrawal of some 2,500 soldiers has also been criticized by one of Trump’s main allies, the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate. Mitch McConnell, which has indicated that only a “small minority” of Congress will support that withdrawal. “It would hurt our allies and delight the people who wish us evil“He assured.” We would be abandoning our partners in Afghanistan. “
The Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, also warned that leaving Afghanistan early or in an uncoordinated way could lead the country to “run the risk of once again becoming a platform for international terrorists plan and organize attacks in our homelands. “” The Islamic State could rebuild in Afghanistan the terrorist caliphate that it lost in Syria and Iraq. “Last month the Taliban applauded Trump’s suggestion to withdraw all troops from the country.
Trump’s defeat and his subsequent refusal to accept it has left the president in an unprecedented position that makes him fearful of his next moves. This same Tuesday, the ‘New York Times’ reported that last week the magnate wanted to carry out a military attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities due to the report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (OIEA) reporting an increase in enriched uranium reserves.
According to administration officials, Trump was dissuaded by his closest advisers, including the vice president, Mike Pence, and the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, who remarked that an attack “could easily escalate to a broader conflict.” Tehran He warned Washington that any attack will trigger a “crushing” response.