According to the Iraqi government, there is no longer any justification for the presence of US troops in the country
US troops could soon be withdrawn from Iraq
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TASS According to sources familiar with the matter, the United States and Iraq will soon begin talks on withdrawing US troops from the Middle Eastern country.
According to a CNN report, “the US and Iraq are close to reaching agreement on the start of the Higher Military Commission dialogue, which was announced in August.” The aim of the dialogue is to determine concrete measures for a future withdrawal.
According to the report, Washington wants the troop plan to reflect the current situation in Iraq and the stability of its government and law enforcement agencies. The Iraqi leadership, in turn, believes that the timing of the withdrawal should not be influenced by any circumstances.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammad Shia alSudani said on January 5 that the international coalition no longer had justification for its presence on Iraqi soil and that Baghdad was ready to take concrete steps to end the foreign military presence in the country.
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He also said that the Iraqi government was in the process of setting the date for the start of talks within the framework of a bilateral commission set up to resolve the issue of the withdrawal of foreign troops.
The statement came after reports that a leader of the Harakat alNujaba movement, Abu Taqwa, was killed in a US drone strike in Baghdad.
The Pentagon, for its part, said on January 8 that it did not intend to withdraw its troops from Iraq at this time. There are currently approximately 2,500 US military personnel stationed at various bases in Iraq. Defense Department spokesman Pat Ryder said he was not aware of any such requests from the Iraqi government. He added that US forces were in the country at the request of the legitimate Iraqi government.