mary jane doc martens US starts Iraq drawdown after declaration of victory over ISIL
Dozens of American soldiers have been transported from Iraq to Afghanistan on daily flights over the past week, along with weapons and equipment, the contractors said.
An AP reporter at the Al Asad base in western Iraq saw troop movements reflecting the contractors’ account. The contractors spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations and declined to reveal the exact size of the drawdown.
“Continued coalition presence in Iraq will be conditions based, proportional to the need and in coordination with the government of Iraq,” coalition spokesman Army Col. Ryan Dillon told the AP when asked for comment.
Government spokesman Saad al Hadithi said “the battle against Daesh has ended, and so the level of the American presence will be reduced.” Daesh is the Arabic language acronym for IS.
Al Hadithi spoke just hours after AP reported the American drawdown the first since the war against IS was launched over three years ago.
One senior Iraqi official close to Prime Minister Haider al Abadi said 60 percent of all American troops currently in country will be withdrawn, according to the initial agreement reached with the United States. troops to continue training the Iraqi military. troops in Iraq as of late September. first launched airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq in August 2014. Army 1st Lt. William John Raymond told the AP at Al Asad.
He spoke as he and a handful of soldiers from his unit conducted equipment inventory checks required before leaving Iraq. Raymond declined to specify where his unit was being redeployed, in line with regulations as the information has not yet been made public. forces comes just three months ahead of national elections in Iraq, where the indefinite presence of American troops continues to be a divisive issue.
Al Abadi, who is looking to remain in office for another term, has long struggled to balance the often competing interests of Iraq’s two key allies: Iran and the United States. forces. The prime minister has previously stated that Iraq’s military will need American training for years to come. military’s top national security priorities. national security,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said last month in remarks outlining the strategy. support. In 2014, at the height of the Sunni militant group’s power, ISIL controlled nearly a third of Iraqi territory.
While ISIL’s self styled caliphate stretching across Iraq and Syria has crumbled and the militants no longer hold a contiguous stretch of territory, in Iraq, the group continues to pose a security risk, according to Iraqi and American officials.