US starts Iraq drawdown after defeat of ISIS

2018-02-05 22:21
American troops have started to draw down from Iraq following Baghdad’s declaration of victory over the Islamic State group, according to western contractors at a US-led coalition base in Iraq. (Balint Szlanko, AP, File)

American troops have started to draw down from Iraq following Baghdad’s declaration of victory over the Islamic State group, according to western contractors at a US-led coalition base in Iraq. (Balint Szlanko, AP, File)

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Al-Asad – Western contractors at a US-led coalition base in Iraq say American troops have started to drawdown from the country following the defeat of ISIS.

They say US soldiers, weapons and equipment are being transported out of Iraq to Afghanistan.

The contractors say dozens of American soldiers have left on daily flights over the past week.

Two Iraqi officials tell The Associated Press the US-led coalition has reached an agreement to draw down its troops in Iraq for the first time since the war against ISIS was launched over three years ago

An AP reporter at the base saw troop movements matching the officials' account.

The contractors and officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations and declined to reveal the exact size of the drawdown.

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