US CENTCOM Delegation Visits Iraq
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US CENTCOM Delegation Visits Iraq

ERBIL — A high-level delegation from US's central command, led by General Kenneth McKenzie, arrived in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, on Thursday a few months before Washington begins to conclude the combat mission in the country.

During a meeting between the US delegation and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, which was also attended by the US Ambassador to Iraq Matthew Tueller, closer cooperation between the sides was discussed among other related topics.

Kadhimi highlighted the importance of international cooperation to combat terrorism in the region so as to ensure stability and peace in the region and the world.

Iraq and the United States previously held four rounds of their Strategic Dialogue to discuss the future of the US troops in the country, by the end of which the two countries reached an agreement to conclude the foreign forces' combat mission in Iraq.

The status of the US forces in Iraq is expected to switch from combat to an advisory role.

"By January 1st, it will have completed its transition from a warfighting headquarters to one focused entirely to advising and assisting," McKenzie said on Thursday, according to Kurdistan 24.

Following the killing of former Iranian top military commander, Qassem Soleimani, in a US drone airstrike in Baghdad in January 2020, the majority of the Shia factions pushed for the withdrawal of the US forces from Iraq.

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