Int’l coalition: 5,200 American soldiers stationed in Iraq

FILE PHOTO: U.S. forces are seen at the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) headquarters after it was hit by Turkish airstrikes in Mount Karachok near Malikiya, Syria April 25, 2017. REUTERS/ Rodi Said/File PhotoI

Baghdad ( – The U.S.-led international coalition said on Wednesday that the average number of American troops currently deployed in Iraq amounts to 5,200 members, adding that their mission is to train Iraqi security forces and hone their combat skills.

Speaking to the Russia Today TV channel, Col. Sean Ryan, the spokesman for the coalition fighting Islamic State terror group, said that the American troops in Iraq are mainly tasked with providing logistic support and training for the Iraqi troops to help them in the fight against IS militants.

Ryan further pointed out that the international coalition will withdraw its troops from Iraq if requested by the Iraqi government.

“There are no U.S. bases in Iraq, only trainers and advisers,” Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Iraq Joey Hood told reporters on Tuesday.

The U.S. official said the “Iraqi security forces are not ready until now, to maintain security without the help of foreign forces”.

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