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Updated 6:17 pm Pacific Standard Time – Monday, July 26, 2021
The Biden administration has moved to further limit America’s military presence in the Middle East. On Monday, Joe Biden met with Iraqi Prime Minister Mostapha al-Tadimi and vowed to end the US combat mission in the country.
“I think things are going well. Our role in Iraq is to be available to continue training, assisting, assisting and coping with ISIS when it arrives. It’s not about dealing with it, “says Biden. “We will not be in combat missions by the end of the year.”
President Trump began withdrawing his troops at the end of last year when he reduced the number of troops from 3,000 to 2,500. There has been a fighting presence in the country since 2014, when former President Barack Obama ordered the army to fight ISIS after returning the army just three years ago.
A / ASD Carlin hosted National Security Adviser Al Alaji and sGEN Al Simary on July 22 for the US Iraqi Military Technology Talks. Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to the D-ISIS mission and discussed long-term security cooperation. pic.twitter.com/KjMrWdnCoq
— Department of Defense 🇺🇸 (@DeptofDefense) July 22, 2021
Al Kadimi said it was a good time to eliminate the US presence domestically, claiming that his army could protect itself from terrorists. However, the US military is still expected to support the Iraqi army in the fight against ISIS militants, but only in its training and intelligence capabilities.
“Together, we will fight and defeat ISIS. I would like to thank the Americans on behalf of all Iraqis,” he said. “Thanks to all the blood and treasure that America has given to free and democratic Iraq.”
Al Kadimi emphasized that the deadline for withdrawal is determined by the needs and demands of the Iraqi army. Biden predicted that the withdrawal would come by the end of the year.
This withdrawal follows Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, which is scheduled to be completed by 31 August. Critics have warned that the move is empowering the Taliban, which claims to have regained more than 85 percent of the country.
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