US President Joe Biden has announced that US troops in Iraq will play a consulting and training role and end their war mission. In this country, about 2.5 thousand people are currently detained. American soldiers.
Biden announced the change in the nature of the visit at the start of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Qadimi’s visit to the White House.
Our role in Iraq will be available for training (Iraqi Forces – Ed.), Assist and deal with ISIS when needed. But we will not be on a war journey The US president said.
Biden did not directly answer the question of how many of the 2.5 thousand would have US troops in the country by the end of this year. The White House has not previously released the exact number during a special conference.
The US President announced the shipment of half a million doses of Kovit-19 vaccines to Iraq, and announced an expansion of partnership with Iraq in the fields of “health, climate and energy”. Biden expressed confidence that parliamentary elections would be held in Iraq in October with the participation of international observers as planned.
The presence of US troops in Iraq has created tensions, especially among pro-Iranian parties and movements. U.S. forces have also been targeted by Shiite militants on several occasions since the US-led offensive in Baghdad last year against General Qasim Suleimani, the commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard. The Iraqi parliament passed a resolution calling on the United States to withdraw its troops from the country.
According to the New York Times, changing the nature of the mission is unlikely to satisfy pro-Iranian militants. A spokesman for one of the biggest of them told the daily newspaper that the change was a “fraudulent” attempt.
The Iraqi prime minister said in an interview with the PA on Sunday that US troops were no longer needed in the fight against the Islamic State.
What we expect from the United States today is to support our forces and increase their capabilities and effectiveness through training. However he added.
The Islamic State has deployed several Iraqi cities, including Mosul, in response to the capture of US troops in Iraq in 2014 – three years after their early withdrawal – by President Obama.
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