US set to formalize readjustment of troop role in Iraq – officials
WASHINGTON – The United States and Iraq are expected to formalize the end of Washington’s combat mission in Iraq by the end of the year and continue the transition to training and advising Iraqi forces, officials said Thursday Americans.
There are currently 2,500 American troops in Iraq who are focused on combating the remnants of the Islamic State. This decision is not expected to have a major impact since the United States has already focused on training Iraqi forces.
But the announcement, which is expected to come after President Joe Biden meets with his Iraqi counterpart in Washington next week, will come at a politically sensitive time for the Iraqi government and could be seen as a nationwide victory in Baghdad.
“The key point you’re going to hear and I think it’s just incredibly important is that the Biden administration wants to stay in Iraq because the Iraqi government invited us and asked that we continue to do so.” , said a senior defense official. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said.
“The mission does not change … how we support the Iraqi security forces in defeat Daesh the mission is what we are talking about, ”added the official.
The official said the focus would be on logistics, equipment maintenance and helping Iraqi forces to further develop their intelligence and surveillance capabilities.
At home, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi faces increasing pressure from parties aligned with Iran and paramilitary groups who perceive him to be on the side of the United States.