Biden and Iraqi key minister discuss “new stage” of U.S. military services mission

Washington — President Biden reported Monday that the U.S will not have a battle mission in Iraq by the stop of the yr. 

Mr. Biden stated the role of U.S. forces in Iraq will changeover to one particular of advising and helping the Iraqis in their combat versus ISIS. 

“We are also fully commited to our stability cooperation — our shared fight versus ISIS is crucial for the steadiness of the region and our counterterrorism mission will keep on even as we change to this new section we are going to chat about,” Mr. Biden said. 

There are at the moment about 2,500 U.S. troops in Iraq. It is not very clear how quite a few will keep on being soon after the changeover at the conclude of the yr. 

The reviews came at the get started of the president’s assembly with Iraqi Primary Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi at the White Residence on Monday for the final round of talks concerning the two international locations. 

Iraqi officials traveled to the U.S. for this iteration of the U.S.-Iraq strategic dialogue, which has included talks at the Pentagon and the State Department, and culminates with the meeting at the White Dwelling. 

Before heading to the U.S., al-Kadhimi told the Involved Push in an interview that “there is no require for any international combat forces on Iraqi soil.”

The troops in Iraq have mainly currently transitioned to “advise and aid” roles. The Pentagon previous 7 days did not disclose how lots of

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