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The US Defense Department announces the withdrawal of a third of its forces from Iraq

The Wall Street Journal said, Friday, that the United States will reduce the number of its forces in Iraq by nearly a third, according to US officials.

The newspaper quoted US officials as saying that the Pentagon decided to reduce the number of US forces in Iraq to about 3,500 soldiers.

She added that many US officials have confirmed that the Pentagon will reduce troop levels by about a third during the next two to three months.

That would bring US troop levels back to what they were in 2015 when the United States was in the first phase of its campaign against ISIS, according to the newspaper. Source