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Christopher Miller, who was recently appointed by President Donald Trump to act as the new head of the Pentagon, made it clear on Saturday that he could speed up the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and the Middle East, saying in his message to the Armed Forces: “It’s time to go home.”.
“All wars must end,” said Miller, appointed acting secretary of defense last Monday, in his first message to the US Armed Forces..
Miller stressed that the US remains determined to defeat Al Qaeda, the terrorist group that carried out the 9/11 attacks 19 years ago, adding that the US military “nearly defeated” the terrorists.
“A lot of people are tired of the war – I’m one of them,” Miller said in a statement, dated Friday, but posted on the Defense Department’s website early Saturday. The head of the Pentagon announced the beginning of a “critical phase” during which the United States is moving from a leading role in this process to performing auxiliary functions.
“Ending wars requires compromise and partnership. We took up the challenge; we did our best. Now it’s time to go home, “- said the head of the Pentagon.
Miller did not mention the specific deployment locations from where the troops would be withdrawn, but when he mentioned al-Qaeda he singled out Afghanistan and Iraq, where American troops were stationed after the September 11, 2001 attacks..
Former U.S. Special Forces officer and counterterrorism expert was named as Defense Chief after Trump fired former Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
Trump, who lost to Democrat Joe Biden in the November 3 election, has pushed for the withdrawal of American troops from both countries since he took office four years ago..
Following the conclusion of a peace deal between the US and the Taliban on February 29, Esper reduced the number of US troops in Afghanistan by almost two-thirds. However, he said that 4,500 US troops will continue to serve in the country until the Taliban fulfill their promise to end the violence and continue negotiations with the official government in Kabul..
Trump pushed for further reductions in the number of troops in the country. He recently tweeted that he wants the military to return home completely by Christmas, which is celebrated in the United States on December 25th. His National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said the goal is to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan to 2,500 by February 2021..
Critics of this approach argue that further troop withdrawal helps the Taliban remain unstoppable in attacks that continue amid little progress in their peace talks with the Afghan government..