The Iraqi Prime Minister believes that the US should reduce its military presence in the country, as the Islamic State terrorist group will be defeated in the very near future.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has called on Washington to reduce the number of its troops in the Arab country, as the Pentagon started to build up its military presence despite the fact that the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group is going to face a crushing defeat in the near future.
“As we are crushing Daesh [IS], it is clear that there is a need to reduce the number of our allies who are helping us,” the Middle East Eye news portal quoted his words.
The remarks were made just before al-Abadi’s meeting with US President Donald Trump in Washington.
“Daesh [IS] is about to collapse and is on the verge of defeat. Their family members are fleeing,” the Prime Minister said.
At the same time, he noted that Baghdad wants the US side to continue to train the Iraqi forces and increase efforts in this direction.
“We have to strengthen our armed forces and security forces and this will need a lot of help from our allies to give proper training,” al-Abadi said.
In 2011, the US withdrew its forces from Iraq, but later dispatched to the country several thousands of troops as part of the coalition’s forces, which mainly support Iraqi Kurds in their autonomous regions. Currently, there are about 5,000 US servicemen in Iraq.
Last week, it was reported that the Pentagon was going to dispatch 2,500 servicemen from the 82nd Airborne Division to Kuwait, from where they will be sent to Syria and Iraq to allegedly fight against the IS.
On Tuesday, al-Abadi said that the military operation on liberation of the western part of Mosul from the IS is “in its last stage.”