US May Withdraw Troops From Germany: DW

The United States argues that Iran is an international security threat after withdrawing from a nuclear deal. Germany does not agree and has remained in the agreement along with Russia, China and the European Union. The two countries also do not agree on a budget and funding sources for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The US ambassador has suggested that the United States could withdraw some of its 50,000 troops from Germany. The US ambassador to Poland than suggested over Twitter that her country would welcome US troops while meeting its 2 percent of GDP commitment for NATO. Germany’s commitment is 1.36 percent of GDP. “Germany is the European country where most US troops are posted, with 35,000 soldiers deployed there along with 17,000 American civilians employed by the US military,” reports Timothy Jones for Deutsche Welle. “Germany sparked Washington's ire by refusing to take part in a US-led operation in the Strait of Hormuz to protect trading vessels from Iranian aggression and rejecting a US request to send ground troops to fight the extremist group ‘Islamic State.’” Russia welcomes any discord within NATO. – YaleGlobal

US May Withdraw Troops From Germany: DW

US ambassador says the nation may pull some troops from Germany amid rifts over a naval mission in the Persian Gulf and NATO spending
Timothy Jones
Friday, August 9, 2019

Read the article from Deutsche Welle about the US considering reduction of its troops in Germany.

NATO defense expenditures per GDP estimates

(Source: NATO)

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