(Washington) Washington reached an agreement with Baghdad during talks on Wednesday on the withdrawal of the last American combat troops in Iraq deployed to fight the Islamic State group of terrorists.
The two countries confirmed that the “United States and Coalition missions mission has now evolved into a training and consultation (a mission) that will allow any remaining combat force in Iraq to be reused, an upcoming timetable. Established during future technical negotiations” Said in a US statement.
The decision came as Shia paramilitary groups affiliated with Tehran were hit by rocket attacks by US forces in Iraq almost daily.
But Joe Biden, who once made a deal with his predecessor Donald Trump, is trying to secede from Iraqi and Afghan lands.
Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq and Afghanistan in the last months of his tenure, with troops in both countries dropping to 2,500 on January 15.
Former President Barack Obama, including Vice President Joe Biden, has withdrawn from Iraq altogether, but has returned troops there in the wake of a vicious attack by the Islamic State (IS) group.
“Training, equipping and assisting US and international forces from combat operations to ISF (Iraqi Security Forces) reflects the success of their strategic partnership and supports ISF’s continued efforts to ensure that ISIS does not threaten stability again,” the joint statement said.
Iraq has vowed to protect US-led military bases, with Washington saying they remain on Iraqi soil “only to support Iraq’s efforts against the ‘EI’.