U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has confirmed that the U.S. military mission in Iraq will be completed before the end of this year during a meeting with his Iraqi counterpart Jum Inad, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Saturday.
“The United States will support the commitments it made during the US-Iraq strategic dialogue in July 2021, including that there will be no US forces with a combat role until the end of the year,” the official statement said.
Austin further confirmed to the Iraqi Minister of Defense that the American forces will stay in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi government to support the country’s security forces, it is stated in the statement.
The parties also discussed the next phase of the US military mission in Iraq, which will focus on “advising, assisting and exchanging intelligence with Iraqi security forces in support of the defeat campaign (ISIS / ISIS),” the statement said.
The head of the Pentagon once again condemned the recent attack on the residence of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Kadimi and expressed hope that the formation of a new government in Iraq will proceed peacefully.
The meeting was held on the sidelines of the international conference on regional security Manama Dialogue, which is held every year in Bahrain.
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