Washington and Baghdad agree to redeploy “coalition” forces outside Iraq

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On Saturday, Iraq and the United States agreed on a plan to redeploy the international coalition forces outside the country.

This came after the first meeting of the Iraqi-American military committee concerned with implementing the outcomes of the strategic dialogue was held in Baghdad, according to a statement by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense.

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The statement stated that “there was agreement with the United States of America on a plan to redeploy the international coalition forces outside Iraq.

The timetable for it will be set during the coming months of July and August,” without further details about this plan.

He explained, “The American side reiterated respect for Iraqi sovereignty.

And that the international coalition led by the United States is in Iraq to provide advice and support to completely defeat the terrorist gangs of ISIS.

The Iraqi Ministry of Defense added that “the two sides agreed on a framework for the upcoming sessions to discuss the long-term security relationship between two countries that enjoy full sovereignty,” according to the same statement.

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Earlier on 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 ISIS, which occupied a third of Iraq’s area at the time. About 3,000 coalition soldiers are deployed in Iraq, including 2,500 Americans.