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Iraqi Militia Says There Will Be an ‘Appropriate Response’ If All US Troops Don’t Leave

A spokesman for an Iraqi Shia militia said in an interview with Rudaw Sunday that there will be an “appropriate response” if all US troops don’t leave Iraq. At the end of July, President Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi announced the US will end its “combat” mission in Iraq by the end of 2021, but troops are expected to stay in the country under an advisory role.

“The talks that took place between Baghdad and Washington, and the outcomes they produced, did not achieve the Iraqi ambition, which is the exit of all US forces,” said Sheikh Kadhim al-Fartousi, a spokesman for Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada, a militia under the umbrella of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF).

“Changing clothes and appearance is not a withdrawal … the US and foreign forces withdrawal from Iraq has to be in full,” al-Fartousi said. There are currently about 2,500 US troops in Iraq fighting under the US-led anti-ISIS coalition. It’s not clear how many would leave under Biden’s plan. After the change in mission was announced, multiple media outlets cited unnamed US officials who said there would not be a significant change in troop numbers.

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Iraq has learned a lesson from the US defeat in Afghanistan; that the US forces just aren't that formidable.