7/26, 7:42 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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US mission in Iraq changed to advisory - WH

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the biggest update in Iraq currently is the change of the United States' mission on the ground from a combat capacity to a more advising and training role. The number of troops going forth will be driven by the goals of the new mission.

"At the early part of this strategic dialogue, we had about 9,000 troops, we are now at about 2,500 US forces in Iraq. We are there of course at Iraq's invitation to improve the capacity of Iraq's security forces and help them in the fight against ISIS, " Psaki stated.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi earlier announced his intention to ask US President Joe Biden during their in-person meeting on Monday to completely withdraw all American troops from Iraq. According to official sources, the US authorities are likely to oblige the request.

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