Extraordinary security precautions are being taken ahead of Joe Biden's #inauguration on January 20. Up to 25,000 National Guard troops could be deployed in Washington DC by Wednesday, three times more than the number of US personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria combined.
Republicans and US allies have expressed alarm that Donald Trump is to slash troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq by mid-January, just before he is due to vacate the White House for Joe Biden.
The Pentagon announces the US will withdraw thousands more troops from Afghanistan and Iraq by January 15 -- just days before Biden takes office
JUST IN: The US will reduce the number of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to 2,500 in each country by the 15th of January
NEW: Acting Defense Sec. Chris Miller announces reductions in troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan by January 15. "This is consistent with our established plans and strategic objectives...and does not equate to a change in U.S. policy or objectives."
JUST IN: Pentagon expects orders by end of the week to reduce troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq by mid-January, U.S. official confirms.