Market Desk online: After seven years of fighting Daesh terrorism, the 2,500 troops that the US has kept in Iraq will end their combat duties and might henceforth perform training and advisory functions
The International Coalition against Daesh in Iraq, founded and led by the US, has officially ended its combat missions. Thus, last Thursday, after a meeting between senior Iraqi military officials and coalition leaders, Iraq’s National Security Advisor Qasim al-Araji announced on his Twitter account “the end of the coalition forces’ combat missions and their withdrawal from Iraq”.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi has announced that foreign troops will leave Iraq “in the next few days.” He made the announcement in a video message posted on his official Facebook page on Saturday.
In it, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi said foreign troops would leave Iraq under a strategic agreement signed between the US and Iraq.
The Iraqi prime minister also said that from now on, some foreign troops would be deployed in Iraq to serve as advisers to the Iraqi army.
Earlier on Thursday, an Iraqi army official said that the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops deployed in his country to fight Daesh had expired.
The US government said in July that it would end its “war campaign” in Iraq by 31st December, 2021. Since then, there has been widespread speculation about the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.
The Iraqi prime minister said in a video message that the withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq proved that the people of his country were capable of maintaining security and stability in their country.