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Trump reaffirms plan to withdraw all US troops from Iraq


August 21, 2020

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An American flag sits in barbed wire before a casing ceremony where the United States Forces- Iraq flag was retired, signifying the departure of United States troops from Iraq in 2011.

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Thursday reaffirmed his plan to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq as quickly as possible as he met with the prime minister of Iraq to discuss ways to rein in pro-Iran militias in the country and counter residual threats from Islamic State sleeper cells.

"We look forward to the day when we don't have to be there," Trump said during an Oval Office meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

"We were there and now we're getting out. We'll be leaving shortly and the relationship is very good. We're making very big oil deals. Our oil companies are making massive deals. ... We're going to be leaving and hopefully we're going to be leaving a country that can defend itself."


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