President Joe Biden meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Monday. Credit: AP
President Joe Biden has announced the US will end its military’s combat mission in Iraq by the end of the year after coming to an agreement with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.
Mr Biden set out a more precise timeline for American forces to formally step back in their fight against the so-called Islamic State in Iraq.
The plan is to shift the American military mission to a strictly advisory and training one by the year’s end – with no US troops in a combat role.
“We’re not going to be by the end of the year in a combat mission,” said Mr Biden, who noted US forces will remain in the country to train and assist Iraqi forces as needed.
“Our shared fight against ISIS is critical for the stability of the region and our counterterrorism cooperation will continue even as we shift to this new phase that we’re going to be talking about,” Mr Biden added.