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'US to move troops from Iraq to Afghanistan'

'US to move troops from Iraq to Afghanistan'

Iraqi forces backed by a US -led worldwide coalition past year captured all the territory that fell under Islamic State control in 2014 and 2015, including the northern city of Mosul, which served as the militants' de facto capital. Daesh is the Arabic language acronym for ISIS.

An Iraqi government spokesman has confirmed to The Associated Press that the drawdown of American forces from Iraq has begun following Baghdad's declaration of victory over the Islamic State group. Some 4,000 USA troops will continue training Iraqi army.

Army Col. Ryan Dillon, spokesman of the US-led coalition told, "Continued coalition presence in Iraq will be conditions-based, proportional to the need and in coordination with the government of Iraq". Gen. James Glynn said that the U.S. would continue to support Iraqi forces, but that there would likely be a shift in "capabilities".

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.

Al-Hadithi spoke just hours after AP reported the American drawdown - the first since the war against IS was launched over three years ago.

Yet the Pentagon doesn't even give us figures on troop levels in Iraq anymore, so large numbers of troops could likely be withdrawn and there'd still be enough troops in Iraq as to be in excess of the latest published troop levels.

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The coalition estimates that ISIS has lost 98 percent of the territory in Iraq and Syria it once controlled as part of its self-declared caliphate. Still, U.S. officials have warned that ISIS remains a threat capable of carrying out attacks on the West and that it could regain its territory if Iraq and Syria aren't stabilized.

Dozens of American soldiers have been transported from Iraq to Afghanistan on daily flights over the past week.

He said those forces do not possess any heavy weapons and they are now positioned in nine joint military camps with the Iraqi Army. "USA presence will be cause for internal polarization and a magnet for terrorists", Badr spokesman Kareem Nuri stated.

The coalition will not provide information on specific countries' contributions to the plans, the release said.

One example of how the U.S. mission in Iraq is already transitioning is the changing role of how the U.S. Air Force is helping the Iraqi military. Gen. Felix Gedney, the coalition's deputy commander for strategy and support, said in a statement.


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