US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The United States and Iraq were able to agree that there would be no American troops or foreign military bases in the country. This is stated on April 7 in the message of the US State Department.
The parties also decided that the United States would withdraw most of its military from Iraq, and only Iraqi troops would fight against the IS.
“The parties agreed that there should be no military bases in Iraq,” said Qasem al-Aaraj, the adviser to the Prime Minister of Iraq on national security, at a press conference following the third round of the strategic dialogue.
At the same time, Iraq emphasized that it would protect foreign specialists on the territory of the country.
Earlier on April 2, US President Joe Biden instructed the Pentagon to begin the withdrawal of part of American forces and weapons from the Persian Gulf zone, it is planned to reduce Washington’s military presence in the Middle East.
According to media reports, the United States has already redeployed at least three batteries of Patriot surface-to-air missile systems and plans to relocate a number of “intelligence systems” from the Middle East.
Former US President Donald Trump announced plans to reduce the American military presence in the Middle East in the fall of 2020 . In particular, it was said about the withdrawal of almost 2 thousand soldiers from Iraq.
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