US to scale back troops in Iraq

Washington, September 9

The United States is decreasing its troop presence in Iraq this month from 5,200 to three,000, a the highest American commander for the Middle East mentioned on Wednesday, as President Donald Trump tries to make good on his marketing campaign promise to get the US out of the “infinite wars.”

Tensions spiked between the US and Iraq in January after a drone strike close to Baghdad killed Iran General Qassem Soleimani

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During a go to to Iraq, Marine General Frank McKenzie, the commander of US Central Command, mentioned the discount in Iraq mirrored US confidence within the potential of US-trained Iraqi safety forces to deal with the militant risk from the Islamic State group, which entered Iraq from Syria in 2014.

Late Tuesday, a senior Trump administration official, talking on situation of anonymity, instructed reporters aboard Air Force One that such an announcement was coming and that an announcement on the withdrawal of further troops from Afghanistan additionally may very well be anticipated within the coming days.

Trump has been making an attempt to make the case that he has fulfilled the guarantees he made 4 years in the past as he campaigns for a second time period. US forces have been in Afghanistan since 2001.

They invaded Iraq in 2003 and left in 2011, however returned in 2014 after the Islamic State group overran giant elements of Iraq. “In recognition of the good progress the Iraqi forces have made and in session and coordination with the federal government of Iraq and our coalition companions, the United States has determined to scale back our troop presence in Iraq from about 5,200 to three,000 troops throughout the month of September,” McKenzie mentioned, in accordance with an excerpt of his remarks supplied by his workplace. McKenzie mentioned the remaining US troops would proceed advising and helping Iraqi safety forces as they try and root out remnants of the IS.

Tensions spiked between the US and Iraq in January after a US drone strike in Baghdad killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. — AP

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