The United States plans to reduce its troops in Iraq in the coming months. There are more than 5,200 American troops in Iraq. The exact amount or timing of troop reductions was not reported.
According to the United States, the fight against extremists has progressed so well that troops can be reduced. The United States sent troops to Iraq in 2014 after the extremist organization Isis had conquered large parts of the country and annexed them to its caliphate.
In their joint statement, the United States and Iraq emphasized that the United States does not plan a permanent military presence any better than a permanent base in Iraq.
The change of prime minister helped
U.S.-Iraq relations have warmed significantly since Mustafa Kadhemi was elected prime minister in May. According to unconfirmed information, Gaddafi would, among other things, have been invited to the White House for another year. Kadhem's predecessor, Adel Abdel Mahdi, was never invited.
Mighty-era relations collapsed to the bottom of the wave after the United States killed influential Iranian General Qassem Suleiman in a plane attack on Baghdad airport in January.
Following the attack, the Iraqi parliament called for the withdrawal of all American troops from Baghdad.
After Kadhem came to power, the United States smoothed out the beginning of his regime by, among other things, extending an exemption allowing Iraq to import much-needed gas from neighboring Iran, even though Iran is otherwise subject to strict economic sanctions.
- No bilateral relations between the United States and Iraq will be corrected in a day. But for once, we feel like we have the right people in the right places, concluded Robert Ford, a spokesman for the Middle East Institute.