President Joe Biden confirmed this Monday that the troops will leave the country at the end of the year. However, an undetermined number of soldiers will advise and train the Iraqi Army.
US President Joe Biden confirmed that US combat troops would leave Iraq at the end of the year on Monday. However, an unknown number of soldiers will remain in the country to advise and train the Iraqi Army.
"We are not going to be on a combat mission (in Iraq) at the end of the year," the US president said in statements to the press in the Oval Office of the White House and the presence of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al Kazemi.
Biden explained that Washington would keep troops in Iraq to advise and assist the Iraqi army. "We are committed to our cooperation on security matters. Our fight against the Islamic State (IS) is vital to the stability of the region, and our cooperation against terrorism will continue as we enter this new phase," Biden promised.
However, he did not specify the number of troops that will remain in Iraq to continue the fight against IS and to confront the Shiite militias allied with Tehran and who, in recent months, have increased their attacks against US troops.
There are currently 2,500 US troops in Iraq, up from 170,000 in 2007 after the invasion.
Besides the United States, it is the Iraqi government's second-largest ally. Shiite supporters in Iraq are pushing for al-Kazmi to withdraw all foreign troops.
Speaking to the press, Al Kazemi thanked the American people for their work in Iraq and said he looked forward to working with Biden. "Our nation is stronger than ever," said Al Kazemi, who took office in May 2020 after his predecessor, Adel Abdelmahdi, resigned in November 2019 amid violent protests across Iraq. I had killed him. 600 protesters for police oppression.
In three months, Iraq will hold parliamentary elections to elect its president and prime minister. Today's announcement allows al-Kazmi to appease Shiite political factions that reject Washington's presence and make it a point in the run-up to the election.
Overall, then-President George W. Bush (2001-2009) ordered the invasion of Iraq in 2003 under the pretext of invading Iraq, and Saddam Hussein has had weapons ever since. There is an almost constant military presence in Iraq. Mass destruction.
His successor, Barack Obama (2009-2017), succeeded in withdrawing all US troops from Iraq in 2011, but returned in 2014 to lead an international coalition against IS. Had to be ordered.