Iraqi Official: US Troops Ended Combat Mission in Iraq

A top Iraqi official on Thursday announced the end of US forces combat mission in Iraq and its withdrawal from the country.

Coalition forces will continue only in a training and development capacity, Iraq’s national security adviser, Qassim al-Araji quoted by INA, a state news agency, as saying.

There was no immediate confirmation from the coalition on the matter.

However, the Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby on Wednesday said that Washington would uphold its commitments, including that there will be no US forces with a combat role by the end of the year in Iraq.

Furthermore, Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga Brigadier General Hazhar Ismail in a press briefing told reporters that the US-led coalition said it was ready to end the mission sooner than the previous deadline.

“They said we are ready starting from today (Thursday),” he said.

On July 26, US President Joe Biden and Iraq Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi agreed for US combat troop withdrawal from Iraq.

They also agreed to let a small number of US troops to advise and train Iraqi forces.

There are about 2,500 US troops and another 1,000 coalition troops currently based in Iraq. The US had deployed fresh forces to Iraq in 2014 in response to the rise of ISIS.

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