U.S. Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller announced that “we will implement President Trump’s orders to continue our repositioning of forces” from Iraq and Afghanistan, specifying that “by 15 January 2021, our force size in Afghanistan will be 2,500 troops. Our force size in Iraq will also be 2,500 by that same date”. Miller also asserted that “if the forces of terror, instability, division and hate begin a deliberate campaign to disrupt our efforts, we stand ready to apply the capabilities required to thwart them”. Following the announcement, Iraqi security forces reported that multiple rockets had been fired towards Baghdad’s Green Zone.
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