The Joint Operations Command in Iraq announced that the Iraqi Military Technical Committee held its first meeting with its American counterpart in Baghdad, confirming the agreement of the two sides on a plan that includes the redeployment of coalition forces outside Iraq.
The statement added that the US side reiterated its respect for Iraq’s sovereignty, explaining that the US-led international coalition is in Iraq at the request of the Iraqi government. Read also New attacks against a base of US forces in Iraq .. Who benefits and why now?In one day.. 3 attacks targeting coalition forces in Iraq Learn about the dates of the withdrawal of the international coalition forces from Iraq The repercussions of the arrest of a leader in the crowd and the renewal of protests in Iraq.. Will Al-Kazemi face the fate of Abdul-Mahdi?
Commenting on the statement, Yahya Rasoul, the media spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces, said that the American side, during its meeting with its Iraqi counterpart, affirmed its respect for Iraqi sovereignty, and that the international coalition led by the United States is in Iraq at the request of the Iraqi government to provide advice, support and ennoblement in inflicting complete defeat on “the gangs”. ISIS terrorist.
And earlier – today, Saturday – the Iraqi-American Military Committee – concerned with implementing the outcomes of the strategic dialogue – held its first meeting in Baghdad; With the aim of setting mechanisms and timings that pave the way for the complete withdrawal of foreign combat forces from Iraq.
And last April, Washington and Baghdad announced an agreement to shift the role of US forces and the international coalition in Iraq from a “combatant” to a “training advisor.”
Since 2014, Washington has led an international coalition to combat the Islamic State, which took over a third of Iraq at the time, and about 3,000 coalition soldiers are still deployed in Iraq, including 2,500 Americans.
The New York Times has quoted US officials as saying that Iran’s proxies in Iraq threaten the United States with highly advanced weapons, and that Tehran is using militias in Iraq to pressure Washington and other world powers to negotiate sanctions relief.
The officials told the newspaper that the failure of any party to take responsibility for the drone strikes was an indication that Iran was behind them.
The newspaper quoted an Iraqi national security official as estimating that Iran’s increasing economic suffering as a result of the sanctions increases the frequency of drone attacks in Iraq.