U.S. to withdraw 11,900 troops from Germany – Pentagon

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The United States plans to withdraw 11,900 military personnel from Germany, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Wednesday.

Among the troops that would be withdrawn, nearly half will be repositioned within NATO countries, while the rest will be returned to the United States with some beginning rotational deployment back to Europe, the Pentagon chief told a news briefing.

Criticizing Berlin’s “delinquency” on military spending, President Donald Trump last month ordered the U.S. military to withdraw 9,500 troops from Germany. Currently, about 36,000 U.S. troops are deployed in the European country.

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