Washington withdraws its combat forces from Iraq
- 2021-04-08 00:28:19
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A joint U.S.-Iraqi statement said Wednesday that the United States has agreed to move the remaining combat troops from Iraq.
"The presence of U.S. forces in Iraq came at the invitation of the Iraqi government for the purpose of supporting Iraqi security forces in their fight against ISIS," the statement said.
"In light of the development of the capabilities of the Iraqi security forces, the two sides concluded that the role of the American and international coalition forces has now shifted to training and advisory missions in a way that allows the redeployment of the remaining combat forces outside Iraq," the statement added.
The statement indicated that the two parties will also agree on timelines related to the withdrawal of combat forces in "future technical talks."
In return, the Iraqi government renewed its commitment to protecting personnel and convoys of the International Coalition and the diplomatic missions of its countries, according to the statement.
The two countries also stressed that the bases in which the members of the international coalition "are present" are Iraqi bases and they are present exclusively to support Iraq’s efforts in the war against ISIS.
And the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, expressed his optimism about the future of the strategic dialogue between the United States and Iraq, whose third round began on Wednesday.
Blinken said in Twitter on Twitter, "I was honored to speak with Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein in the first strategic dialogue between the United States and Iraq, while I am the Minister of Foreign Affairs."
"I am optimistic about the future, after reviewing the progress we have made in all areas of our broad and strategic partnership," Blinken added.
It is noteworthy that US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and his Iraqi counterpart, Fuad Hussein, had opened, on Wednesday, the "Iraqi-American Strategic Dialogue" session in its third round through visual communication technology between the two sides.
This is the first tour for the Iraqis with officials from the new US administration, after two rounds of dialogue that were held with the administration of former US President Donald Trump.
According to the US Department of Defense (Pentagon), the number of US forces in Iraq has decreased to about 2,500 soldiers during the past months.