Several American B-52 bombers carried out a “sudden” long-range mission in the Middle East on Saturday, days after the Pentagon announced its troop reductions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Central Command said. (CENTCOM).
The commander of the 9th US Air Force, Greg Guillot, assured that the bomber operations “highlight the robust and varied capabilities of the US Air Force, which can be quickly available in CENTCOM’s area of responsibility.
The ability to quickly move forces in, out and around the stage to seize, hold and exploit the initiative is key to deterring possible aggression,” the military official added.
On Tuesday, acting U.S. Defense Secretary Christopher Miller indicated January 15 as the deadline for reducing the U.S. contingent in Iraq and Afghanistan. “By January 15, 2021, the number of our forces in Afghanistan will be 2,500 troops. The number of our forces in Iraq will also be 2,500 by that same date,” Miller said.