BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The US Army’s main coordination office in Iraq has been shut down and the troops remain under the authority of the hard-core leadership, the Washington Post reported on Monday.
“The main office for coordination of US ground forces activity in Iraq was closed on Monday, signaling the end of combat operations against a sympathetic organization,” the newspaper quoted US officials as saying in a report by SNG.
“This disruption signals a change in the composition and responsibilities of the coalition,” a statement from the US command center said.
“About 5,000 US ground fighters were stationed in Iraq during the war against Da’ash, which culminated in the battle to restore the city of Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, declared by Da’ash the capital of its fighters in the country,” the Post said.
“US ground forces took over the task of advising and assisting Iraqi forces during the three years of the war to recover one-third of the territory of Iraq, which was controlled by the Da’ash and did not participate in direct battles, but was seen more than once in the Iraqi command centers in the vicinity of Mosul, With Iraqi leaders. ”
“Since the announcement by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi victory over a duel in September, the number of US troops in Iraq gradually decreased, and the tasks of the rest of them became the training of Iraqi forces in the techniques of security intelligence, while the militants returned to the old style of attacks Surprise “.
“It is not clear how many soldiers are remaining in Iraq, and their presence is a controversial issue in the Iraqi elections, which Abadi announced in May,” the newspaper said.
“He wants to keep US troops in Iraq to facilitate the rehabilitation of Iraqi forces,” he said, while his rivals from Shi’ite insurgent groups – some of them linked to Iran – demand an immediate withdrawal of US troops, the Post said.
Abadi’s spokesman rejected the announcement of the number of troops the prime minister sees as necessary to stay in order to ensure that he can not be re-organized.
Backed by US officials, kept the figure secret so as not to affect the election results, quoting an American official who spoke to the paper on condition of anonymity.
“The mission of the coalition is under the leadership of one office, reflecting the leadership’s commitment to dispose of unnecessary bodies,” the statement said.
“The command of the forces will be given to lead the firm resolve, which will manage all operations against Dahesh, including air strikes,” former commander of the ground forces Walter Bayt said in a statement on Monday.
The Iraqi army spokesman Yahya Rasool, the Iraqi government’s desire to keep US troops in the country.
“We are looking forward to working together with the leadership of firm resolve, and a friendship that will last for years to come,” Rasul said.