08 Paratroopers in the middle eastThe U.S. will send about 2,200 troops home from Iraq by the end of this month, CENTCOM Commander and Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie announced from Baghdad.

President Trump made the formal announcement. "That announcement will be followed by another one in the coming days on a further reduction in U.S. forces in Afghanistan," Reuters reported.

This would be the first big reduction of U.S. troops deployed to the Middle East since the ISIS war started more than six years ago.

The 82nd Airborne Division was among the first military units mobilized in response to the escalation of tensions in the middle easy earlier this year. Four thousand 82nd troops deployed to Kuwait and Syria as the result of Iranian threats.

Actions by the Iranians and the U.S. increased tensions in the region not seen since before the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Up & Coming Weekly Calendar

Advertise Your Event: