President Biden and the Iraqi Prime Minister announced the conclusion of US combat missions in Iraq.
The president said the American military is “not going to be, by the end of the year, in a combat mission.” However, the majority of troops will remain in Iraq, unlike the military changes in Afghanistan, where thousands of troops are due to return home. While speaking with Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, Biden clarified the military presence will primarily contribute to training and assisting Iraqi combat against Islamic terrorists.
“Our shared fight against ISIS is critical for the stability of our region and our counterterrorism cooperation will continue, even as we shift to this new phase,” said Biden. After Qassem Soleimani, an Iranian general, was killed last year in a drone strike ordered by President Trump, tensions between Iraqi militia groups and the US increased.
However, the country continues to be dependent on the US. “Iraq has requested, and we very much agree, that they need continued training; support with logistics, intelligence, advisory capacity building — all of which will continue,” said the Biden administration.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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