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USA do not plan to withdraw troops from Iraq, - Pentagon

Source : 112 Ukraine

Presence of US armed units in Iraq allows NATO to also participate in mission to combat ISIS
11:17, 18 January 2020

France 24

The US has no intentions to withdraw its military contingent from Iraq. US Assistant Secretary of Defense Jonathan Hoffman stated this as quoted by Interfax.

"At present, we have no plans to withdraw troops from Iraq," he said at a briefing at the department.

"We continue to talk with our Iraqi masters. We still want to be friends and partners of a sovereign and prosperous Iraq," Hoffman added.

He noted that the "obvious" is the fact that US troops in Iraq are "good forces," and their presence in Iraq "allows NATO to also participate in the mission to combat IS."

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According to Hoffman, the Pentagon did not receive any instructions regarding the withdrawal of troops.

"Our hope and our goal now is for US security forces to remain in the region to help ensure security and make Iraq a prosperous country," he said.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump said that Baghdad would face unprecedented sanctions if the Iraqi authorities decide to withdraw US troops from the country.

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"If they take a position hostile and unacceptable to us, then we will impose very serious sanctions," Trump said, warning that these sanctions will be much tougher than sanctions against Iran.

He also said that the United States will not withdraw its troops from Iraq until Baghdad pays for a billions of dollars of a US-built military air base.

As we reported, Ukraine intends to send 20 military servicemen to Iraq, as soon as the NATO mission resumes its work in the region.

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