Monday, July 26, 2021

Biden: US Military Will Keep Training Iraqi Forces and Fighting Daesh - Sputnik International

US Military Will Keep Training Iraqi Forces and Fighting Daesh

US President Joe Biden revealed on Monday that the US partnership with Iraq would be continuing for the near future, noting that the American combat mission would be shifting more toward a counterterrorism cooperation.

The Monday remarks came amid Oval Office talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

    Biden went on to state that the US role will specifically move toward advising and training purposes as part of a larger effort to ensure Iraqi forces will be able to fight off any spike in tensions with Daesh militant forces.

Also noted during the highly-anticipated meeting was the Biden administration's intentions to deliver doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Iraq, which has been recording thousands of new COVID-19 cases.

Shortly before details of Biden and al-Kadhimi's meeting were disclosed to the media, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters during the Monday briefing that shifting missions in Iraq was a "natural step in these ongoing dialogues."

    "This is a shift in mission, not a removal of our partnership or close engagements with Iraqi leadership," she stressed at the time.

Psaki further indicated that the White House would not be disclosing details on the number of troops the administration intends to have in Iraq by the end of the year.

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