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United States to Reduce Troop Levels in Iraq

United States to Reduce Troop Levels in Iraq

An Iraqi government spokesman confirmed Monday that the USA has begun pulling out its forces, following Bagdad's declaration of victory over Daesh (ISIS) in December. "Coordination continues, to maintain (U.S.) assistance to the Iraqi forces in accordance with their requirements".

Glynn pledged continued support for 's security forces, but acknowledged USA -led coalition "capabilities" in would likely shift now that conventional combat operations against the group have largely ceased.

Yet the Pentagon doesn't even give us figures on troop levels in Iraq anymore, so large numbers of troops could likely be withdrawn and there'd still be enough troops in Iraq as to be in excess of the latest published troop levels.

U.S. Army soldiers stands next to a guided-missile launcher, a few miles from the frontline, in the village of Abu Ghaddur, east of Tal Afar, Iraq.

An Associated Press reporter at the Al-Asad base in western Iraq saw troop movements reflecting the account by contractors. The contractors spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations and declined to reveal the exact size of the drawdown.

On Monday, an Iraqi spokesman confirmed the drawdown, due to the U.S-led coalition securing all the territory back from the Islamic State's control.

The Badr Organization, a Shi'ite group that has a minister in Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's government, in charge of the interior, said any remaining U.S, troops would be cause for instability.

If the drawdown is true, it represents the first of its kind since the war against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) was launched over three years ago.

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Last week, USA military spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon told CBN News in a satellite Pentagon briefing that the US-led military coalition's presence in Iraq "will be conditions-based, proportional to the need" and determined "in coordination with the government of Iraq".

Iraq declared the defeat of IS in December - a major victory for country which once saw almost one-third of its territory controlled by the group.

Is the US drawing down its military presence in Iraq, following a declaration of victory over ISIS?

The US first launched airstrikes against IS in Iraq in August 2014, as part of a military intervention which was initially described as "limited".

The United States has deployed about 2,000 soldiers in Syria and more than 5,000 in Iraq.

In August 2017, President Donald Trump announced a new Afghanistan strategy, in which he pledged to continue USA support for the Afghan government and military. The terrorist group swept through Iraq in 2014, and at its height controlled a third of Iraqi territory.

The unnamed officials told Reuters the operation to secure the Hamrin mountain range-which lies between oil fields in Kirkuk and the town of Khanaqin at the Iranian border-could begin this week.

There were some 170,000 American troops in in 2007 at the height of the surge of USA forces to combat sectarian violence unleashed by the US -led invasion of the country to oust dictator Saddam Hussein.

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