Iraq, UK considering withdrawal of the US-led coalition forces

Baghdad: Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss met in Baghdad to discuss the US-led coalition's exit from Iraq. According to sources, Al-Kadhimi and Truss discussed the collaboration between Baghdad and London over the US-led coalition forces ceasing their combat mission and changing to an advisory and support function to improve security and stability in Iraq and the region during their phone chat on Monday.

According to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office, they also addressed bilateral collaboration in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) extremist group, as well as ways to strengthen bilateral ties in various fields.

The Iraqi Joint Operations Command spokesman, Tahseen al-Khafaji, indicated on November 24 that foreign combat soldiers would depart the country within 15 days, with the exception of some advisers who would stay to support the indigenous forces.

"The strategy for ending the presence of foreign soldiers is moving forward, and there is no military base for them except for a limited presence at Ayn al-Asad Air Base in Anbar's western area," al-Khafaji stated. The Iraqi Parliament passed a resolution on January 5, 2020, mandating the administration to remove foreign forces from the nation.

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