United States troops start moving from Iraq to Afghanistan

Laura Christensen
February 7, 2018

The Iraqi government says the United States will reduce troop levels in the country, following Iraq's declaration of victory of ISIS.

Western contractors at a USA -led coalition base in Iraq say American troops have started to drawdown from the country following the defeat of the Islamic State group.

At that time Iraqi government headed by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki refused to extend the stay of USA troops in the country despite Washington's requests.

The same month, the Pentagon said there were roughly 5,200 American forces in Iraq.

"We will sustain the successful momentum and enhance the capacities of the Iraqi security forces in pursuing Daesh, now and in the future".

Hadithi's comment came after media reports said that the USA troops were seen withdrawing their soldiers, weapons and equipment during the past week to redeploy them in Afghanistan.

Colonel Ryan Dillon, the US-led coalition spokesman, denied the SDF was tolerating an Isis presence, arguing the sprawling desert terrain was harder to recapture than urban areas.

However, the Iraqi government said the process has not officially begun.

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ISIS rapidly captured a large swath of territories in Iraq and Syria and declared an Islamic caliphate in 2014.

He emphasized that the "drawdown - the first since the war against IS began more than three years ago - was still in its early stages and doesn't mark the beginning of a complete pullout of US forces", notes AP.

Al-Hadithi spoke just hours after AP reported the American drawdown - the first since the war against IS was launched more than three years ago.

The terror group surrendered control of 98 percent of its territory in the region and now occupies only two percent of land near the Syrian city of Al-Shaafah, where the strike occurred.

"We are serious about getting the Americans out, using the force of arms because the Americans don't understand any other language", its spokesman, Jaafar al-Husseini, told Beirut-based al-Mayadeen TV on Monday evening. Gen. James Glynn said that the USA would continue to support Iraqi forces, but that there would likely be a shift in "capabilities".

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

Several western contractors have also confirmed the withdrawal of US troops.

Other reports by My Hot News

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