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Trump’s Troop Withdrawal Is a ‘Disingenuous’ Election Year Ploy, Officials Say

President Donald Trump’s Iraq drawdown is for domestic political consumption and likely will not accurately represent the number of troops coming home, two administration officials tell The Daily Beast.

On Wednesday morning, the general in charge of U.S. forces in the Mideast and Central Asia, Gen. Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie, announced that U.S. troop levels in Iraq will drop by October to 3,000 from 5,200. A long-telegraphed decline in Afghanistan force levels is likely to follow before the election. 

But a U.S. official with knowledge of Mideast operations told The Daily Beast that the figures were misleading, at best. 

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