US officials announced that “it was agreed to withdraw American combat forces from Iraq.”
Our correspondent added that “the agreement included the replacement of the US military forces with military advisors.” The agreement also included a timetable for “the mission of the American forces in Iraq to end by the end of this year.”
Today, Monday, US President Joe Biden is scheduled to receive Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi in Washington, according to a statement issued by the White House .
According to Reuters, the strategic dialogue between Baghdad and Washington is supposed to set a timetable for the withdrawal of the international coalition fighting ISIS.
Iraqi factions rejected Washington’s statements in which it said that the US presence in Iraq is still required to confront the “ISIS” organization, and adhere to a complete exit of its forces. And the Iraqi National Security Adviser, Qassem al-Araji , announced, on Saturday, that it was assured to the American side that “Iraq does not need any foreign combat force” in its territory.
And the Iraqi Foreign Minister, Fuad Hussein, said Friday that his country’s security forces “still need the programs provided by the United States, related to training, arming, equipping, and building capabilities.”
For his part, the Secretary-General of Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, Qais al-Khazali, said that the Iraqi Foreign Minister’s statement regarding the need for US forces was “unfortunate,” noting that “the statement is rejected, and does not reflect the reality of the capabilities that the Iraqi forces have reached.”
The Wall Street Journal previously quoted US and Iraqi officials as saying that Washington and Iraq intend to issue a statement calling on American forces to leave Iraq by the end of this year , but they will reiterate that the American military presence is still required after that to help Iraqi forces to Confronting ISIS.
Source: Al-Mayadeen Net