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Biden Announces Change of Role in Iraq, But Troops Will Remain

On Monday, President Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi agreed that the US “combat” mission in Iraq will be over by the end of the year, but US troops will remain in the country in an advisory role.

“I think things are going well. Our role in Iraq will be … to be available to continue to train, to assist, to help, and to deal with ISIS — as it arrives. But we’re not going to be, by the end of the year, in a combat mission,” Biden told reporters alongside Kadhimi.

There are currently 2,500 US troops in Iraq under the umbrella of the US-led anti-ISIS coalition. It’s not clear if any troops will be pulled out of the country when the US formally switches roles. A drawdown is possible, but the announcement is being interpreted as a symbolic one by most US media outlets.

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