26 Jul 2021

US combat mission in Iraq to cease by end of year

International Editor

President Biden is to pledge that the United States will end its military combat mission in Iraq by the end of the year, as he meets the Iraqi prime minister at the White House.

Mustafa al Khadimi has insisted that there is “no need for foreign combat forces” in his country, despite the continuing threat from militant Islamic state fighters.

Around 2,500 US troops will remain in Iraq – but their mission will be reclassified to a training and advisory role.

Producer: Lizzy Amanpour