United States pulls Troops out of Iraq

United States pulls Troops out of Iraq

United States pulls Troops out of Iraq

Earlier, it was reported that the USA military informed its counterparts in Baghdad on Monday it was preparing for "movement out of Iraq", a day after the Iraqi parliament urged the government oust foreign troops.

Iraqi lawmakers took that action in response to the USA government's decision to kill a top Iranian commander near Baghdad International Airport last week.

The letter claimed that coalition forces will leave Iraq and came a day after Iraqi lawmakers voted to expel the American military from the country.

President Donald Trump had earlier threatened sanctions against Iraq if the 5,000 U.S. troops were forced to go.

Breaking: letter appears to show coalition forces will leave Iraq.

"After 16 years of war in Iraq, after the expenditure of trillions of dollars, after the deaths of 4500 USA troops and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, the Iraqi government is now trying to throw us out of their country", said Sanders.

The letter says certain measures, including increased air traffic, will be conducted "during hours of darkness" to "ensure the movement out of Iraq is conducted in a safe and efficient manner".

"As we begin implementing this next phase of operations, I want to reiterate the value of our friendship and partnership", Seely wrote.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper further muddled the narrative when he said "There is no decision to leave, nor did we issue any plans to leave or prepare to leave".

Mr Esper said there had been "no decision whatsoever to leave".

"That letter is a draft, it was a mistake, it was unsigned, it should not have been released", Milley told reporters.

Esper added the United States was still committed to countering Islamic State in Iraq, alongside America's allies and partners. However, there are also reports that versions were sent to Iraqi authorities.

But officials said helicopters would be traveling in and around the Green Zone as part of the preparations.

On Monday afternoon, social media and journalists starting spreading a letter purporting to announce a USA withdrawal from Iraq. However, this would seem to contradict the last sentence, which talks about "your sovereign decision to order our departure".

Coalition Forces will take appropriate measures to minimize and mitigate the disturbance to the public.

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