The Iraqi prime minister said US combat troops were no longer needed to fight Islamic State terrorists in the country, and said he would discuss a rescheduling schedule with Biden administration officials this week. Will be part of
“There is no need for any foreign combat force on Iraqi soil,” Mustafa al-Qadimi said Relevant institutionHe added that Iraqi security forces and the army were working to defend the country.
He said any withdrawal of US troops would be based on the needs of Iraqi troops, who have conducted independent missions against the terrorist group in the past year.
“There is a need for a specific timetable for the fight against IS and the preparation of our forces, and that depends on the negotiations in Washington,” al-Qadimi said in an interview published on Sunday.
The Iraqi leader, who is scheduled to meet with President Biden on Monday, said he would ask the United States to help with training and intelligence gathering.
In that timeline, most US troops could be out of Iraq by the end of the year.
An agreement reached between Iraq and the United States in April called on the US military to focus on training Iraqi troops to fight ISIS and begin the withdrawal process, but no timetable was set. ۔
There are about 500,500 American members in Iraq since former President Donald Trump ordered the cuts last year.
“We want the US presence in Iraq to help train and enhance the capabilities of our forces and to provide security assistance,” al-Qadimi told the wire service.
An American official said this The Wall Street Journal Instead of reducing its presence, the administration could explain the role of US troops in Iraq.
“This is not really a numerical adjustment, but a practical explanation of what the force is doing in line with our strategic priorities,” the official said.
Finally, some say the role of US troops cannot be changed much because they are primarily focused on advising and assisting Iraqi forces in the fight against ISIS.
Michael Knights of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy told the newspaper, “The goal is to help Qadimi go home successfully without halting the campaign against terrorism. More or less any military battle in Iraq. I will not join unless they are attacked.
Iraq declared victory over ISIS in 2017, but the group still has a presence in the northern part of the country and continues to carry out attacks in Baghdad.
A Suicide bomber Last week, 35 people were killed in a market in the country’s capital. And
ISIS claimed responsibility.
Iraqi hardliners oppose US troops remaining in the county and are still angry over their deaths. General Qasim SoleimaniA leading Iranian commander in a US drone strike near Baghdad airport in January 2020.