Baghdad, Washington Agree on Withdrawal of US Forces
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Baghdad, Washington Agree on Withdrawal of US Forces

ERBIL - Baghdad and Washington revealed on Wednesday that they had agreed on the withdrawal of the US forces from Iraq, with no specific timeline set yet, a joint statement said.

"Based on the increasing capacity of the ISF (Iraqi Security Forces), the parties confirmed that the mission of the U.S. and Coalition forces has now transitioned to one focused on training and advisory tasks, thereby allowing for the redeployment of any remaining combat forces from Iraq, with the timing to be established in the upcoming technical talks," reads the joint statement.

"The transition of U.S. and other international forces away from combat operations to training, equipping, and assisting the ISF reflects the success of their strategic partnership and ensures support to the ISF’s continued efforts to ensure ISIS can never again threaten Iraq’s stability," the statement added.

Iraqi National Security Adviser Qassem al-Araji during a press conference, held following the third round of " Strategic Dialogue" between Iraq and the US on Wednesday, pointed out that the two sides have agreed that there should be no foreign military bases in Iraq from now on.

"The sides have agreed that there would not be any [foreign] military bases in Iraq," Araji said.

Iraq and the US held the first two rounds in June and August, 2020.

The Iraqi parliament passed a resolution to force the foreign troops to withdraw from the country after a US drone attack killed former Iranian top military commander Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad.