Sunday, February 5, 2023

Iraqi PM says foreign combat forces to leave soon

Foreign combat forces will leave Iraq in a few days, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said. He added the withdrawal of US-led coalition combat troops confirms the ability of the Iraqi forces to maintain security and stability in the country.

“In a few days, we will witness the withdrawal of all combat forces of the international coalition from Iraq according to the strategic agreement with the American side,” al-Kadhimi said in his televised speech during a ceremony on the occasion of the centenary of the founding of the modern Iraqi state in 1921.

“Their (remaining forces) role will be in the advisory areas, indicating the ability of the Iraqi forces to preserve the security of Iraq, the stability of its people,” al-Kadhimi added.

In the midst of the political debate about the results of Iraq’s early parliamentary elections, “everyone must be reassured. We will not allow any impact on your security and stability”, the Iraqi prime minister noted.

“The path of building the Iraqi state may be difficult and painful, but it is the only path that our children and grandchildren can take,” al-Kadhimi continued.

On Dec. 9, Iraqi National Security Adviser Qasim al-Araji announced the end of the combat mission in Iraq and the withdrawal of the US-led coalition forces from the country.

On Nov. 24, Tahseen al-Khafaji, spokesman of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command, stated the foreign combat forces would leave Iraq within 15 days, except for some advisers who will stay to support the Iraqi forces.

On Jan. 5, 2020, the Iraqi parliament passed a resolution requiring the government to end the presence of foreign forces in the country.

In July this year, the United States and Iraq held a session of strategic dialogue, during which the two countries agreed on withdrawing all US combat troops from Iraq by Dec. 31.

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