There are 2500 American soldiers in Iraq since former US President Donald Trump last reduced the number of troops.
Agreement between the US and Iraq (AP/PTI)
US President Joe Biden said on Monday that the US war campaign in Iraq would be over by the end of the year. This is a declaration that reflects more on the ground reality than a major change in US policy. Ever since Biden took office in January, he has been contemplating helping Iraqi forces, not fighting on their behalf.
However, Biden did not make any statement about reducing the number of US troops in Iraq. At present, 2500 US soldiers are present in Iraq. This announcement has been made at a time when America is withdrawing all its troops from Afghanistan after 20 years. After the attack on September 11, 2001, America deployed its troops in the war-torn country.
Anti-terrorist operation will continue
In a press conference in the Oval Office with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kajimi, Biden said his administration was committed to a partnership with Iraq. It is a relationship that has become increasingly complicated by Iranian-backed Iraqi militia groups. Militias want US forces to leave Iraq immediately and have been attacking US military positions from time to time.
Biden said that our shared fight against ISIS is critical to the stability of the region and our counter-terrorism campaign will continue, even as we enter this new phase that we will talk about. President Biden said that we will not be part of the combat operation until the end of the year.
Trump had also called back soldiers
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki did not give any information about how many soldiers she would have in Iraq by the end of the year. There have been 2500 American soldiers in Iraq since former US President Donald Trump last reduced the number of troops. At that time there were 3000 soldiers in Iraq. At the same time, even after the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, the US will continue to carry out airstrikes on the Taliban to help the Afghan army.
A senior commander of the US Army has said this. This statement comes at a time when the Taliban have intensified attacks since the withdrawal of American troops and foreign forces from Afghanistan. The Taliban have won several battlefield victories in recent weeks. In addition, as the Taliban continues to make its way into Afghanistan, its brutal form is also being seen.
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