US Army ‘to cut 40,000 troops by the end of 2017’

The US Army has largely withdrawn its force from both Iraq and Afghanistan

The US Army is planning to reduce the size of its force by 40,000 soldiers over the next two years, according to US media reports.

The cost-cutting exercise will also see an additional 17,000 civilian employees cut from the army.

The reported plan would see the US troop level drop to about 450,000 soldiers by the end of 2017.

The US army had about 570,000 troops in 2012 at the height of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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