Joe Biden announces end to war in Iraq
Published: 01:40 PM, 27 July 2021
United States President Joe Biden has called for an end to the war in Iraq. As a result, the United States is going to end this 16-year war on terrorism.
Biden made the announcement at the White House on Monday during a meeting with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi.
The two leaders announced in a joint statement after the meeting that “no more US troops” would be involved in the war in Iraq after December 31, 2021.
Announcing the end of the war, Biden said by the end of 2021, US troops would be “tasked with training and assisting the Iraqi army”, but they would not be taking part in any direct combat.
Before leaving for the United States, Prime Minister Kadhimi said in Baghdad that his country “no longer needed” US troops to fight against the IS. But a special deadline is needed for the fight against IS and the preparation of our troops.
The United States currently has about 2,500 troops in Iraq.
The meeting comes a week after a major IS bombing in Iraq, AFP reported.
Although Baghdad announced about three years ago, IS has been “defeated” in Iraq. But in reality, the IS are still active in the country.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi arrived in the United States on Sunday night at a time when the country’s parliament calling for the withdrawal of US troops from his country has not yet been implemented.
Source: BBC, Pars Today