Washington — US President Donald Trump ordered the Pentagon to accelerate a drawdown of US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq to 2,500 in each nation, as the president works to deliver on his pledge to exit from “endless wars” before he leaves office in January.

Acting secretary of defence Christopher Miller announced the decision on Tuesday at the Pentagon. The order would reduce troops from about 4,500 in Afghanistan and from about 3,000 in Iraq less than a week before President-elect Joe Biden takes office...

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