Iraqi PM: U.S. officially informed gov’t of troops withdrawal from Syria

American Special Forces soldiers in February in northern Syria. “Our boys, our young women, our men — they’re all coming back, and they’re coming back now,” President Trump declared in a video posted Wednesday evening on Twitter.CreditCreditMauricio Lima for The New York Times

Baghdad ( – The U.S. administration has officially informed the Iraqi government that it would withdraw its combat forces from the Syrian territories, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Monday.

“U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo officially informed the (Iraqi) government that the American troops would withdraw from Syria and the support provided for Iraq would continue,” Arabic-language Almaalomah news website quoted Abdul Mahdi as saying at the weekly press conference.

“The Iraqi government is fully ready to deal with the repercussions of the U.S. troops withdrawal from Syria,” he said, adding that Iraq has strong relations with all neighboring countries and with the majority of powers in Syria.

“The U.S. withdrawal decision from Syria will have a direct impact on the situation in Iraq,” Abdul Mahdi highlighted.

U.S. President Donald Trump ordered on Wednesday the withdrawal of 2,000 American troops from Syria, bringing a sudden end to a military campaign that largely vanquished the Islamic State.

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