US starts Iraq drawdown after declaration of victory over IS


American troops have started to draw down from Iraq following Baghdad’s declaration of victory over the Islamic State group, last year, according to Western contractors at a US-led coalition base, in Iraq.

In Baghdad, an Iraqi government spokesman, on Monday, confirmed to The Associated Press that the drawdown has begun, though he stressed it was still in its early stages and doesn’t mark the beginning of a complete pullout of US forces.

It is worth recalling that dozens of American soldiers have been transported from Iraq to Afghanistan on daily flights over the past week, along with weapons and equipment, the contractors said.

Samira SALAH



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