Iraq: US Combat Operations Against ISIS Ending After Drawdown

Confirms meetings with US ongoing

Fresh off of Afghan officials saying they are prepared to conduct operations without the US, Iraqi officials are now saying that US combat operations against ISIS, or what’s left of it, will be coming to an end in the next few weeks.

Iraqi officials say their own planning and meetings are ongoing, but that the intention is for the US to complete its current drawdown of about 2,500 troops and then halt combat operations.

US troops in Iraq have recently been targeted, and those targetings have been blamed on Shi’ite groups within Iraq. Iraqi militia officials indicated that they want the US forces out, all of them, and suggested that so long as the US is on track the attacks will halt.

ISIS in Iraq was virtually wiped out in recent years, and has operated sparsely in a few remote parts of the country. No one has been moving against them heavily, as realistically the group doesn’t exist in Iraq any longer.

Author: Jason Ditz

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