U.S. TO WITHDRAW MORE TROOPS FROM IRAQ IN COMING MONTHS
The U.S. ambassador to Iraq, said that, there would be a new decrease of U.S. troops in Iraq, in the upcoming months.
In a press conference, at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Ambassador Douglas Silliman said, “The presence of U.S. forces in Iraq has been decreased, especially in Anbar province, in coordination with the Iraqi forces. There will be a gradual reduction of these forces, without replacing them with others,” Silliman told reporters.
Previously, the troops were tasked to provide support of artillery fire, in addition to training and advising the Iraqi forces, but the U.S. forces are now only focusing on training the Iraqi forces, on how to preserve the liberated areas, as well as, providing humanitarian assistance to the displaced people, until they return to their homes, according to Silliman.
Over 5,000 U.S. troops have been deployed in Iraq, to support the Iraqi forces, during the battles against the Daesh militants.
The troops were part of the U.S.-led international coalition, that has also been conducting air raids against Daesh targets, in both Iraq and Syria
Source: NAM News Network