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Trump says U.S. to cut Iraq troops to about 2,000 in ‘very short’ time

U.S. President Trump holds news conference at the White House in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that U.S. troop numbers in Iraq would be down to about 2,000 in a very short period of time.

At a White House news conference, Trump went further than a U.S. official speaking last month, who said the United States would go down to about 3,500 troops in Iraq in the next two to three months. [nL1N2FU176]

“Iraq will be down to about 2,000 soldiers in a very short period of time,” Trump said.

(Reporting by Alexandra Alper, Steve Holland, Tim Ahmann and David Brunnstrom; Editing by Chris Reese)

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