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After Afghanistan, the US combat mission in Iraq ends at the end of the year – Latest News

After Afghanistan, the US combat mission in Iraq ends at the end of the year

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July 26, 2021 – 23:34

After Afghanistan, the United States is withdrawing, at least from the front, to Iraq as well, ending an adventure that began two decades ago, following the September 11, 2001, attacks on American soil.

The news was announced by President Joe Biden, who was close to Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

We do not have a real withdrawal like in Afghanistan, but a significant change of objectives, for the 2500 American troops located in the Middle East country practically since 2003.

According to Biden, within a year American troops will withdraw from combat tasks, taking on another task, more focused on training local human resources, but also on intelligence actions against a possible return of ISIS.

“We support the strengthening of democracy in Iraq and will make it possible for elections to take place in October,” Biden said.

The decision, along with that of Afghanistan, points to an already formal shift in priorities in US foreign policy, where the Middle East has lost its priority, and the focus is on the Chinese rival, the only one who really bothers the nights in Washington.

One thing is for sure, after 18 years, the mission in Iraq will not be considered a “fulfilled mission”, as happened in 2003, just 3 months after the American tanks entered Baghdad. In these two decades, the US administration has learned to operate in the Middle East with augmented realism. / a2cnn

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