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Iraq asks U.S. for team to prepare troop pullout

2020-01-11 09:42:03       source:CGTN

January 10, 2020

Iraq's caretaker premier Adel Abdel Mahdi has asked the United States to send a delegation to Baghdad to begin preparing for a troop pullout, his office said on Friday. 

In a phone call late Thursday with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Abdel Mahdi "requested that delegates be sent to Iraq to set the mechanisms to implement parliament's decision for the secure withdrawal of (foreign) forces from Iraq." 

Some 5,200 U.S. soldiers are stationed at bases across Iraq to support local troops preventing a resurgence of ISIL. 

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