Iraq’s Security Adviser Says US-led Coalition Forces In Iraq Have Ended A Mission Against The Extremist Group Isis And Will Now Play A Consultative Role In Training.
According to the report, during the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazmi to Washington in July, US President Joe Biden announced for the first time that he was going to change the mission of 2,500 troops in the war-torn country.
The Iraqi government is under pressure from powerful pro-Iranian political and armed groups, who have strongly demanded that all US troops leave the country.
National Security Adviser Qasim al-Araji tweeted: “We are officially announcing the end of the coalition mission.”
“We will continue to work with international partners in the areas of training, mentoring and capacity building,” he said.
Qasim al-Araji made the tweet following a meeting between the Allies and the Joint Operations Commanders of the Iraqi security forces.
As a result of the decision, about 2,500 US troops and 1,000 Allied troops will remain in Iraq, serving as advisers and trainers since mid-2020.