News ID: 318214
Published: 0350 GMT November 24, 2021

Foreign combat forces to leave Iraq in 15 days: Military

Foreign combat forces to leave Iraq in 15 days: Military

A senior Iraqi military official said Wednesday all foreign combat forces will leave Iraq within 15 days.

Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji, the spokesman for the Joint Operations Command which oversees an array of Iraqi forces waging war against the Daesh terror group, told the Iraqi News Agency most foreign combat forces have already departed the country.

“Only advisers and those working in the field of intelligence or reconnaissance, as well as training and advice, remained,” Khafaji said.

He pointed out that "the rest of the foreign forces are small in number, and they will all leave within 15 days, except for those whose mission has turned to advise, provide information and support the Iraqi security forces”.

The spokesman noted the file to end the foreign presence runs according to the planned schedule, and there are no base designated for them except for their presence in Ain al-Asad base.

Back in July, US President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi declared that the US mission in Iraq will transition from combat to “advisory” role by the end of the year.

The agreement, which has effectively given a mere new name to the US military presence in Iraq, has enraged Iraqi resistance groups, which have played a significant role in defeating the Daesh terrorist group in Iraq in 2017.

Iraqi resistance groups have persistently demanded the withdrawal of all American forces from the Arab country over their destabilizing activities.

The demand is in line with a law adopted by the parliament in January 2020 in the aftermath of the US military’s assassination of two key commanders of the fight against Daesh, namely Iranian Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and Iraq’s Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, in Baghdad on January 3 of that year.



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