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Op-Ed: US withdraws 2,500 troops from Iraq

Mustafa Kadhimi, the Iraqi Prime Minister confirmed over last weekend that at least 2,500 US troops have been withdrawn already from Iraq as part of a three year period of pullout from the country.

Op-Ed: Trump to reduce US troops in Iraq to just 2,000 in a short time

Only one day after the US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced it was withdrawing 2,200 troops from US President Trump announced even more cuts in the months to come. Now, troop levels in Iraq are at 5,200 but will be at 3,000 by the end of the month.

US confirms it will pull out 2,200 troops from Iraq

The US Central Command CENTCOM officials claim that it will. withdraw 2,200 troops from Iraq before the upcoming US election. The troops are to be withdrawn by the end of September confirming what the Trump administration has said recently.

Trump wants to make a substantial withdrawal of troops from Iraq

On Thursday :President Trump said to reporters that he intended to withdraw substantial US troops from Iraq as soon as possible saying that the US will leave shortly.

US offers Iraq a partial withdrawal of its troops

Back in January this year, the Iraqi parliament voted 170 to 0 for a resolution requiring all foreign troops be withdrawn from Iraq. The resolution was not binding upon the government and a number of lawmakers stayed away from the vote.

Op-Ed: US envoy denies there are talks with Iraq on US troop withdrawal

US Special envoy for the ISIS conflict James Jeffrey denied on Thursday that the US has been having any talks with Iraq about withdrawing troops insisting that there is no real engagement.

Op-Ed: US threatens Iraq with sanctions if it demands US troops leave

Iraqi officials warn that the country would face almost immediate economic collapse should US President Trump impose sanctions on Iraq and freeze oil revenues because Iraq demanded US troops leave.

Op-Ed: Iraqi parliament calls for US troops to leave Iraq

Today the Iraqi parliament passed a resolution to expel all foreign troops from the country as tensions are escalating between Iran and the US but between Iraq and the US as well after a US attack that killed Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani.

Op-Ed: US deadline to withdraw transiting troops from Iraq is 4 weeks

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper was in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, on Wednesday where he met with top Iraq officials. No doubt the talks involved damage control after the US deployed troops from Syria into western Iraq without asking Iraq's permission.

US troops redeployed from Syria to Iraq cannot remain there

Just a few days after the US announced that US troops from Syria were being redeployed to western Iraq US Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced that instead the troops will be returning to the US after all.

US to deploy 700 troops from Syria into western Iraq

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper says that the current US plan is to send all US troops leaving Syria to be redeployed into the western part of Iraq to engage in anti-ISIS operations.

Op-Ed: Iraqi parliament likely to pass bill evicting US troops from Iraq

US troops have been in Iraq for most of the last sixteen years. Often relations of the Iraqi government to the troops have been defined by increases in US hostility to neighboring Iran.

U.S. to send hundreds more troops to Iraq

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has announced that some 600 additional troops will be sent to Iraq prior to a major offensive against the city of Mosul held by the Islamic State.

Op-Ed: Iraqi cleric Al-Sadr claims that U.S. troops are a target

Baghdad - Powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr told his followers to target U.S. ground troops deploying in Iraq to help fight against the Islamic State.

U.S. to send more troops to Iraq

Baghdad - The United States is to send more troops to Iraq. The troops will be put closer to the front lines of the battle against the Islamic State.

U.S. to send 1,000 paratroopers to Iraq in January

Washington - The U.S. Defense Department has announced that approximately 1,000 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division will be sent to Iraq in late January 2015.

Op-Ed: Obama authorizes sending another 1,500 troops to Iraq

Baghdad - The White House has announced that US president Barack Obama has authorised sending up to 1500 more troops to Iraq. If all 1500 are sent then the number of troops in Iraq will be doubled.

More U.S. troops and equipment to Iraq but no 'mission creep'

Baghdad - While the Pentagon insists that there is no mission creep in Iraq and that those already present are limited to "advisory" operations, the Obama administration continues to send more equipment and more personnel to Iraq.

Op-Ed: U.S. keeping hundreds of troops in Iraq

Baghdad - Units of up to 300 U.S. troops have remained in Baghdad to train Iraqi security forces. They also help out in counter-terrorism operations.

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