Iraqi army: Babylon the Great to leave Iraq soon

US soldiers stand guard in the south of Mosul, Iraq, March 27, 2020.
AP Photo/Ali Abdul HassanUS soldiers stand guard in the south of Mosul, Iraq, March 27, 2020.

Iraqi army: US forces to leave Iraq soon

In 2014, the US established an international coalition in Iraq to combat Islamic State forces

The Iraqi army’s spokesman announced Thursday that United States combat troops stationed in Iraq are scheduled to leave in 15 days. 

In July 2021, Baghdad and Washington said that the full withdrawal of American combat troops from Iraq would be finished by 2022, although training and advising missions would continue, The National News (The National) reported.

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Currently, there are 2,500 US troops in Iraqassisting local units to counter Islamic State (IS) forces, with the majority of US troops training the Iraqis. 

“Foreign forces are expected to leave Iraq within 15 days, except for those whose mission has turned to advise and support the Iraqi security forces,” Maj. Gen. Tahsin Al Khafaji, spokesman for the Joint Operations Command, told Iraq’s state news agency. 

“Most of the combat forces have left Iraq, and only advisers and those working in the field of intelligence, training, and advice remain.”

He added that the two countries are abiding by the agreed-upon deal, The Nationalreported.

Al Khafaji explained that the relationship between the US and Iraq will continue to be based on “advisory in the fields of training, armament, intelligence, and security information against the terrorist organization ISIS.”https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1463238517631471626 …

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In 2014, the US established an international coalition in Iraq to combat IS.

But in an interview with The National, Iraq’s Foreign Affairs Minister Fuad Hussein claimed that his country’s security forces were ready to withstand IS alone.

“The American presence in Iraq is very small, in fact, the existence of American combat forces will not affect the whole security situation,” he said.

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