According to the international media reports, US President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi inked an agreement formally ending the US combat mission in Iraq by the end of 2021, more than 18 years after US troops were sent to the country.
As per details, Coupled with Joe Biden’s withdrawal of the last American forces in Afghanistan by the end of August, the Democratic president is completing US combat missions in the 2 wars that then-President George W. Bush began under his watch.
Joe Biden and Kadhimi met in the Oval Office for their first face-to-face talks as part of a strategic dialogue between the United States and Iraq.
Biden told reporters as he and Kadhimi met that “Our role in Iraq will be to be available, to continue to train, to assist, to help and to deal with ISIS as it arises, but we’re not going to be, by the end of the year, in a combat mission,”
It must be noted that there are currently 2,500 US troops in Iraq and the role in Iraq will shift entirely to training and advising the Iraqi military to defend itself, The shift is not expected to have a major impact since the United States has already moved toward focusing on training Iraqi forces.
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