US drawing down forces in Iraq: report

US drawing down forces in Iraq: report
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The U.S. military has started to draw down its troops in Iraq after Iraqi forces announced they had defeated the Islamic State in Iraq & Syria (ISIS), Reuters reported.

A spokesperson for the Iraqi government confirmed the drawdown to the news outlet. 

“The American forces have begun reducing their numbers as victory has been achieved over Daesh,” the spokesman reportedly said, using the Arabic acronym for the terror group. “Coordination continues, to maintain [U.S.] assistance to the Iraqi forces in accordance with their requirements.” 

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The Associated Press, citing “western contractors,” also reported that the United States is reducing its troop levels. 

A spokesperson for the coalition told Reuters that it plans to put out a press release when the U.S. begins to draw down its troops.

“Continued coalition presence will be conditions-based, proportional to the need and in coordination with the government of Iraq,” said U.S. Army Col. Ryan Dillon.

Iraqi forces began operations to liberate Mosul, Iraq, which served as a stronghold for ISIS, in October 2016. Iraq declared victory over the group this past July.