US Agrees To Withdraw "Remaining Combat Troops" From Iraq In Joint Talks | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

US Agrees To Withdraw "Remaining Combat Troops" From Iraq In Joint Talks

Starting weeks ago the Iraqi government began putting pressure on the Biden administration to enter a new round of talks over withdrawing all remaining US troops from the country - a process previously stalled amid tit-for-tat strikes between American forces and Iran-backed Iraqi paramilitary groups.

The new high level talks have started this week, which is the third round stretching back into the Trump administration, but the first under the Biden presidency. As part of demands for a total US forces exit, Baghdad is seeking to assure the White House that Iran-backed militias in the country will also stand down. However, it's quite another question whether Baghdad will be able to deliver, and Washington has long used this as a prime excuse for staying with no firm exit date.

"Iraq's prime minister asked Iran's leaders to rein in Iran-backed militias in Iraq and in a strongly worded message to Tehran, suggested he would confront the factions, two Iraqi officials said Wednesday," the Associated Press reports.

Already a major agreement has been reportedly reached during the virtual talks involving Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale representing the US side in the remote meeting with their Iraqi counterparts.

The AFP is reporting Wednesday afternoon that the US has agreed to move "remaining combat troops" out of Iraq.

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