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US Pulling Troops from Iraq After Crushing ISIS

07 February 2018

Western contractors at a US -led coalition base in Iraq were the first to tell the AP on Monday that American troops had started to drawdown from the country.

Al-Hadithi explained that the agreement was reached "after the victory achieved by the Iraqi forces against the forces of terrorism", adding that the nature of the next phase requires a presence of another kind.

Despite that information, the US military cites the official number of USA troops in Iraq as approximately 5,262.

On Monday, an Iraqi spokesman confirmed the drawdown, due to the U.S-led coalition securing all the territory back from the Islamic State's control.

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Hadithi stressed that the drawdown was still in its early stages and at present did not mark the beginning of a complete withdrawal of USA forces.

That would leave some 4,000 United States troops to continue training the Iraqi military.

As Oil Price writes in the article Iraq Arrests ISIS Oil Chief Near Syrian Border, the Iraqi forces ambushed the convoy with which the top ISIS* terrorist-identified as Abdel-Ghani Zargham 'Abdel-Sama-was traveling through the town of Masada in Iraq's northern province of Nineveh.

The U.S. first launched airstrikes against the Daesh terror group in Iraq in August 2014. The prime minister has previously stated that 's military will need American training for years to come.

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However, the Iraqi government said the process has not officially begun.

"The ISIL conceded in the war but we have to be watchful for their new moves and the moves of other terrorists who intend to disrupt security in Iraq in the uniform of other groups and under new banners", said the Iraqi commander.

The terror group surrendered control of 98 percent of its territory in the region and now occupies only two percent of land near the Syrian city of Al-Shaafah, where the strike occurred. At a press briefing last month U.S. Marine Corps Brig.

With ISIS almost defeated on the battlefield, the US -led anti-ISIS coalition has shifted its focus in Iraq from enabling the Iraqi military's combat operations to maintaining those gains as ISIS becomes an insurgency.

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There were some 170,000 American troops in in 2007 at the height of the surge of USA forces to combat sectarian violence unleashed by the US -led invasion of the country to oust dictator Saddam Hussein.

US Pulling Troops from Iraq After Crushing ISIS