Troops Begin Leaving Middle East

After build-up to counter Iran

The United States is trimming the 90,000 troops across the Middle East, drawing them down in small numbers.

Iran, which was the cause of a build-up of troops in January, has not proven to be the large military threat U.S. officials once feared. In addition, that nation is being ravaged by the COVID-19 virus.

About 1,000 combat troops who had deployed to Kuwait days after the strike that killed the top Iranian commander, General Soleimani, have left the region over the past two weeks. An additional 2,000 members of the same brigade are expected to leave in the weeks ahead.

Fears over the global spread of the coronavirus sent the market into a tumble on Monday. Adding to the muddy waters was an oil price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia that sent crude prices down by nearly a quarter.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the safe and efficient drawdown of troops that were deployed to the Middle East to counter Iranian aggression in the region.
  • About the number of Iranian parliament members and other high officials reportedly stricken with the COVID-19 virus.
  • About whether recent attacks of the virus in parts of the world will open doors for diplomatic negotiations on many fronts.

Sources: Wall Street Journal, National Review


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