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Iraq Confirms Commitment to Withdrawing Foreign Forces by End of 2021

Iraq Confirms Commitment to Withdrawing Foreign Forces by End of 2021

Thursday, 2 December, 2021 - 09:45
Barricades surrounding the Green Zone in Baghdad (EPA)

Baghdad is committed to implementing the decision of the Iraqi parliament to withdraw foreign combat forces from Iraq, national security advisor Qasim al-Araji has announced.

In January, the Iraqi parliament passed a resolution requiring the government to end the presence of foreign forces in the country.

Araji met with the head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization mission in Iraq, Michael Anker, to discuss means to boost cooperation between Iraq and NATO to enhance the capabilities of Iraqi forces.

"Cooperation with the NATO mission in Iraq is in the areas of training, enhancing capabilities, and providing advice for Iraqi security forces and military academies," the Iraqi News Agency (INA) quoted Araji as saying.

Araji stressed the government's keenness to implement the parliament's decision to withdraw foreign forces from the country and according to an agreement reached in July during the strategic dialogue session between Iraq and the United States.

The Iraqi forces have gained significant experience and have the capabilities to defeat ISIS terrorists in the country, he added.

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