September 20, 2021

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The United States has suspended military service in Iraq

The United States has suspended military service in Iraq

US President Joe Biden (right) shakes hands with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Qadimi at the Oval Office in the White House.Image REUTERS

This decision reflects the inevitable pillars of Biden’s foreign policy: closing the era of the war on terror launched by the United States in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, and focusing on China’s potential threats from the Middle East. The president said the United States “must fight for the next 20 years, not the last 20 years.”

But Kadimi was adamant that the war in his country should end properly. The Iraqi prime minister wants to move between his two main allies, the United States and Iran. Pro-Iranian factions want the US to leave Iraq, while others say it cannot be done without US help. The United States fought with military action in a country heavily captured by militants backed by Iran.

America ‘Available’

The United States is not leaving Iraq completely. ‘We are constantly available. We continue to train people, we help, we help fight against the Islamic State where necessary, but we will not fight until the end of this year, ”Biden said after meeting Kadim at the Oval Office for the first time on Monday. . Get.

There are currently about 2,500 U.S. troops in Iraq, but the practice will not change much as the focus shifts to training Iraqi troops. It is not known how much manpower will be left for these tasks.

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