The U.S. military will cut about 10 percent of its forces in Africa over the next three years, a top general said Wednesday, telling reporters the troops are needed in other hot spots around the world.
About 6,000 American troops and another 1,000 civilian Pentagon employees are currently in Africa. Gen. Waldhauser said the cuts will be carried out in two phases, with the first wave being completed by June 2020 and the second by January 2022. Roughly 300 troops will be pulled from special forces and another 300 from conventional forces, the Military Times reported.
The drawdown is not expected to be temporary, Gen. Waldhauser said, and U.S. Africa Command will likely have to function with fewer troops for the foreseeable future.