Iraq security official: US ends combat mission but troops remain on ground

Iraq security official: US ends combat mission but troops remain on ground

Iraq’s national security adviser says the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh terrorist group has ended its combat mission in the country, but still maintains presence there under a different name.

“We are officially announcing the end of the coalition forces’ combat mission,” Iraq’s national security adviser Qassem al-Aaraji said on Twitter on Thursday, adding that about 2,500 American troops stationed in the Arab country would shift to a training and advisory role.

“The relationship with the international coalition continues in the areas of training, advising and capacity building” of Iraqi troops, he added after a meeting between the coalition and the Joint Operations commanders of the Iraqi security forces.

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