The United States troops are leaving Iraq for Afghanistan as a part of an accord between Baghdad and the United States-led coalition, western contractors told Associated Press, adding that some of the United States troops have already been withdrawn over the past week, along with the weapon.
Coalition spokesman Ryan Dillon in his statement said, “Continued coalition presence in Iraq will be conditions-based, proportional to the need and in coordination with the government of Iraq.”
The senior Iraqi official, Haider al-Abadi said 60 percent of all United States troops currently in the country will be withdrawn, citing an accord between Baghdad and Washington.
United States Army Ist Lt. W. John Raymond said his unit “had a recent change of mission and soon we will be assisting various theater of operations in the coming months,” however, he declined to say where his unit was being redeployed.
In November 2017, the Pentagon released a report saying that there were 8,892 United States troops in Iraq as of late September.
Following the reports, Iraqi government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi said that “the battle against Daesh [ISIS] has ended, and so the level of the American presence will be reduced.”
Pertinently, Iraq declared the defeat of Daesh in December 2017, and Washington has backed Iraq’s victories against IS, including the gaining control on Mosul.
Meanwhile, redeploying of the United States troops from Iraq to Afghanistan comes ahead of national elections in Iraq, where the presence of United States troops is the heated issue.