Senior Republicans have voiced their alarm at US plans to withdraw some of its forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. The US is to cut its number of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq by 2,500, the US Department of Defense confirmed. President Donald Trump has long called for troops to come home and has criticised US interventions abroad. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – usually a staunch defender of Mr Trump – called the plan “a mistake”. He also warned the president against taking “any earthshaking changes in regards to defence and foreign policy” before leaving the White House.
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