Iraqi commission to observe coalition’s shift from combat to training

US-led international coalition forces.

Baghdad ( An Iraqi security committee will observe the regulation of the activities of the U.S.-led international coalition, a security adviser to the Iraqi government was quoted saying on Tuesday.

Saeed al-Jayyashi told Shafaq News website that a security commission will be developed to manage the missions of the international coalition in iraq.

He explained that “the commission’s work focuses on rearranging the international coalition’s mission (by shifting them) from  combat duties to the training and improvement of Iraqi security services”.

According to Jayyashi, the commission will be “chaired by National Security Agency chief, Faleh al-Fayyad, security ministries as members and representatives from the international coalition”.

On Monday, Saad al-Hadithi, a spokesperson of the Iraqi Cabinet, said it was logical that the coalition would reduce the number of its troops in Iraq after victory was declared over Islamic State militants in December.

The coalition intervened in Iraq after IS miliants declared in 2014 the establishment of a self-proclaimed “caliphate” rule in Iraq and neighboring Syria.

But a spokesman of the Pentagon, Eric Pahon, was quoted saying after the Iraqi announcement that U.S. troops were only shifting mission from combat to training, without plans for a sharp drawdown of troops.

The Pentagon had said in December it was keeping nearly 5000 troops in Iraq.


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