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Iraqi prime minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi asked the US to send a delegation to Iraq to begin preparing for a troop pullout.

MojNews-Caretaker Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has asked The United States to send a delegation to Iraq to begin preparing for a troop pullout, his office said on Friday.

In a phone call late on Thursday with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo , Abdul-Mahdi “requested that delegates be sent to Iraq to set the mechanisms to implement parliament’s decision for the secure withdrawal of [foreign] forces from Iraq,” .

Some 5,200 US soldiers are stationed at bases across Iraq to support local troops preventing a resurgence of ISS. 
They make up the bulk of a broader US-led coalition, invited by the Iraqi government in 2014 to help combat exteamists. 

The deployment was based on an executive-to-executive agreement that was never ratified by Iraq’s parliament. On Sunday, the parliament voted in favor of rescinding the invitation and ousting all foreign troops.

 

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