The Pentagon: During talks with Iraqi officials, we confirmed our commitment to maintaining our military presence

The Pentagon: During talks with Iraqi officials, we confirmed our commitment to maintaining our military presence

2021.11.04 – 17:24

The Pentagon - During talks with Iraqi officials we confirmed our commitment to maintaining our military presenceBaghdad – people

The US Department of Defense said, on Thursday, that it had assured the Iraqi side of its commitment to maintaining the military presence inside the country.

The Pentagon, according to statements reported by “Sky News”, followed by Nass, (November 4, 2021), confirmed that “during talks with Iraqi officials, the United States is committed to maintaining the American military presence in Iraq.”

Today, Thursday, National Security Adviser Qassem Al-Araji hosted a meeting between the Iraqi Military Technical Committee headed by the Deputy Commander of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Al-Shammari, and its counterpart in the coalition forces, headed by the Commander of the Solid Resolve Operations Forces in Iraq, Major General John Brennan, and in the presence of his deputy, Brigadier General Richard Bell, “The Kingdom.” United” and Director of the Interagency and Civil Environment Department, Brigadier General Vincent Coste (France).

According to a statement by the Joint Operations Command, “Nas” received a copy of it, “Within the framework of the technical security discussions, discussions continued on plans that would reach the stage where there are no international coalition forces operating in Iraq with a combat role.

The assistant chief of staff of the Iraqi army, the commanders of weapons (land – air – air defense – army aviation – the navy), the director of military intelligence and the representative of the Ministry of Peshmerga attended, who gave a summary of their operations and plans to work with the coalition forces after moving to the role of advice, assistance and empowerment.

The parties referred to the evacuation of more than 2,100 shipments of military equipment from Iraq, within the framework of the continuous transition of the security relationship with the coalition forces to an advisory and non-combat role.

The parties also reaffirmed their “commitment to the ongoing partnership between the Iraqi security forces and the coalition, and clearly defined how the coalition will continue to support the Iraqi security forces through its role in advice, assistance and empowerment, and agreed to re-evaluate progress in their relationship on a quarterly basis.”

The parties also referred to the “successful transfer of equipment ownership to the Iraqi side during the past months, which included more than 1,800 armed armored wheels, cranes, water tanks and other vehicles, which contributed to increasing the mobility of the Iraqi security forces and enabling them to protect Iraqi citizens from ISIS.” .

The Iraqi government affirmed “its commitment once again to protect the members of the international coalition who provide advice, assistance and empowerment to the Iraqi security forces. The members of the coalition are present at the invitation of Iraq in accordance with Iraqi sovereignty and international laws and norms.”

The parties also agreed to “continue to hold their regular sessions through future meetings with the Iraqi Security Coordination Group for the purpose of completing the discussion of the remaining steps to complete the transition of coalition forces to the non-combat role by the time specified for it at the end of this year.”