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Iraq Says US-led Coalition Combat Missions In The Country Are Over

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Iraq Says US-led Coalition Combat Missions In The Country Are Over

A US soldier runs at a coalition forces forward base near West Mosul, Iraq June 21, 2017 (photo credit: REUTERS)

On December 9, Iraqis National Security Advisor Qasim al-Araji announced that the US-led coalition had officially ended its combat missions in Iraq.

“Today, we finished the last round of dialogue with the [US-led] international coalition, which we started last year,” al-Araji said in a statement. “We officially announce the end of coalition forces’ combat missions and their withdrawal from Iraq.”

However, the National Security Advisor went on to stress that Iraqi will continue to cooperate with the US-led coalition in “training, advising and empowerment.”

Around two months ago, Major General Yahya Rasool, a spokesman for the Commander in Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces, announced that US forces assigned to combat missions had begun withdrawing from the country.

The US has been working with its allies in the Iraqi government to rebrand its military presence in the country as a “training mission” for a while now. Pro-Iranian forces in Iraq, who want a full US withdrawal from the country, are not pleased with this plan.

In November pro-Iranian forces issued a final warning to the US. The forces called on Washington to withdrew all of its troops from Iraq before the end of December 31, promising a heated battle if their demand was not fulfilled.

The demands of a full US military withdrawal from Iraq gained momentum following the assassination of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Deputy-Commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units, and Commander of Iran’s Quds Force, Qassim Soleimani early in 2020.

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Chris Gr

If Americans leave Iraq then Iraq will fall to the Iranians.
If Russians leave Syria then Syria will fall to Turks.

Jnoub

Syria will also fall to Iran. Turkey will lose

YankeeGoHome

Syria is already part of the axis of resistance and so is Iraq.

Jnoub

USA will never leave ME. That’s their home base for attacking and surrounding Iran

Cromwell

The only way those criminals leave anywhere is in body bags.

Cromwell

I will believe that when i see it,those morons in Iraq are just collaborators.

mike l hutchings

Israel and Egypt and the gulf states alliance is the key to peace. the US has gone as far as they can…. they can do nothing but sow chaos

L du Plessis

good news.

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