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US will Reduce Troop Levels in Iraq, Baghdad Says

07 Febrero 2018

"The US is keen to prevent the infiltration of any Iraqi members from or to Syria, whether those members were ISIS fighters or any other armed factions", he explained.

Wrenches turn and teamwork ensues as Soldiers assigned to the 449th Combat Aviation Brigade partner with Iraqi Army Aviation in order to increase Coalition capabilities by conducting a maintenance course at Camp Taji, Iraq, Jan. 23, 2018.

The international anti-terrorist coalition, led by the United States, assisted Iraqi forces in recapturing territory seized by Daesh jihadists, including the liberation operation of the country's second-largest city Mosul.

Hisham al-Hashemi, a specialist on extremist movements, told Asharq Al-Awsat that there is a re-positioning and deployment of US forces in Syria, rather than talks about a pullout.

A new study on ISIS fighters returning to the U.S. suggests the terror threat they pose has been overstated and fears of dislodged fighters carrying out attacks have so far not been borne out. "We will sustain the successful momentum and enhance the capacities of the Iraqi security forces in pursuing [ISIS], now and in the future", Braga said.

"Our enduring presence as invited guests in Iraq will shift to focus more on policing, border control and military building capacity building".

"Two travelers were granted refugee status in the US before departure, and another was studying in the US under a student visa", the report said. A few thousand ISIS fighters remain in the eastern desert of Syria, where they continue fighting against U.S. -backed Kurdish and Arab forces.

Ambassador Silverman praised the initiatives undertaken by HH the Amir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, to not only ensure the security of Kuwait but bring greater stability and security to the region.

The spokesman said that coordination with the US will be continuing, and US officials have long suggested their presence in Iraq is "permanent", suggesting any drawdown would be limited. As fewer coalition airstrikes are being conducted in Iraq the Air Force is establishing small training teams designed to support the Iraqi Air Force as it assumes the bulk of air missions in Iraq. In 2014, at the height of the Sunni militant group's power, IS controlled nearly a third of Iraqi territory.

Kataib Hezbollah has strong links to Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps and has threatened to attack U.S. forces several times in the past, describing their presence as an occupation.

Information for this article was contributed by Muhanad al-Saleh of The Associated Press.

US will Reduce Troop Levels in Iraq, Baghdad Says