ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi said his country needs the US military training and intelligence support, but not combat troops.
During an interview with Associated Press published on Sunday, Kadhimi said his country will seek a timeline for the withdrawal of the US combat forces.
The announcement comes amid the ongoing Strategic Talks between the US and Iraq. Kadhimi himself is set to meet with US President Joe Biden on Monday at the White House.
“There is no need for any foreign combat forces on Iraqi soil,” Kadhimi said. “The war against IS and the readiness of our forces requires a special timetable, and this depends on the negotiations that we will conduct in Washington.”
He emphasized that Iraq will need the US to support the Iraqi Army in training and developing their efficiency and capabilities.
“Iraq has a set of American weapons that need maintenance and training. We will ask the American side to continue to support our forces and develop our capabilities,” he added.