U.S. signals Iraq pullback

U.S. signals Iraq pullback

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Islam News – Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi of Iraq went to Washington this weekend to demand that President Biden withdraw all U.S. combat troops from Iraq.

The U.S. will most likely oblige. On Monday, the two countries expect to announce a deadline for the drawdown by the end of the year.

But combat troops are only one part of the U.S. military. American officials say they will remove only a small number of the 2,500 American forces and reclassify others. Al-Kadhimi will have a political trophy to take home to satisfy anti-American factions in Iraq and the U.S. military presence will remain.

Context: Al-Kadhimi’s government and many senior Iraqi military officials quietly favor the American troops staying in their current roles. But the 2020 U.S. drone killing of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani of Iran — the country’s other close ally — along with a senior Iraqi security official and eight others, make it politically impossible.

Source: The New York Times