FILE PHOTO: U.S. troopers carrying protecting masks are seen throughout a handover ceremony of Taji army base from US-led coalition troops to Iraqi safety forces, within the base north of Baghdad, Iraq August 23, 2020. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani/File Photograph
July 22, 2021
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – America and Iraq are anticipated to formalize the top of Washington’s fight mission in Iraq by the top of the yr and proceed the transition towards coaching and advising Iraqi forces, U.S. officers stated on Thursday.
There are presently 2,500 U.S. troops in Iraq specializing in countering the remnants of Islamic State. The transfer just isn’t anticipated to have a serious affect since the USA has already moved towards specializing in coaching Iraqi forces.
However the announcement, set to return after President Joe Biden meets his Iraqi counterpart in Washington subsequent week, will probably be at a politically delicate time for the Iraq authorities and might be seen as a victory domestically in Baghdad.
“The important thing level that you simply’re going to listen to conveyed and I feel is simply extremely necessary, is that the Biden administration desires to remain in Iraq as a result of the Iraqi authorities has invited us and requested that we proceed to take action,” a senior protection official, talking on the situation of anonymity, stated.
“The mission doesn’t change … how we assist the Iraqi safety forces within the defeat ISIS mission is what we’re speaking about,” the official added.
The official stated there can be a give attention to logistics, upkeep of kit and serving to Iraqi forces additional develop their intelligence and surveillance capabilities.
At residence, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi faces growing strain from Iran-aligned events and paramilitary teams who understand him as siding with the USA.
(Reporting by Idrees Ali in Washington; Modifying by Matthew Lewis)