The assertion adopted a gathering between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein.
The timing of the exit can be decided in upcoming “technical talks,” which haven’t but been scheduled, to debate the method of withdrawal, stated chief Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.
“The idea was to defeat ISIS and that’s still the goal. That’s still the objective, that’s still the mission but we have always known that, eventually, there is going to be a redeployment of forces from Iraq,” Kirby stated throughout a information briefing Wednesday. “There was no expectation that this was going to be a permanent, enduring mission.”
The US presently has some 2,500 troops in Iraq targeted on the mission to defeat ISIS as a part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the worldwide coalition to defeat what stays of the ISIS caliphate that managed elements of Iraq and Syria. The troops have now shifted to coaching and advisory duties, “thereby allowing the for the redeployment of any remaining forces from Iraq,” the joint US-Iraq assertion stated.
“U.S. forces are in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi Government for the sole purpose of supporting Iraqi forces in the campaign against ISIS, and of course, that campaign remains important and it remains ongoing,” stated State Department spokesman Ned Price.
The announcement comes as Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is conducting a worldwide evaluation of US forces, wanting on the measurement, scope and mission of troop deployments all over the world. Any resolution on troop ranges in Iraq can be made in session with the Iraqi authorities, Kirby famous.
“We always will, in any operational environment, continue to look at our footprint and our force posture and determine whether it’s appropriately sized and scoped to the mission,” Kirby stated. “The invitation from the Iraqi government is still in place and we’re continuing as we have been, even before today’s talks, to talk with the Iraqi government about what that mission and that footprint is supposed to look like.”