US pledges to reduce Iraq troops as tensions ease

first_imgTensions skyrocketed following a US strike on Baghdad in January that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, with lawmakers in Baghdad demanding the expulsion of the roughly 5,200 US troops in the country. American troops were deployed in Iraq from 2014 to head a military coalition fighting the Islamic State jihadist group. AFP The United States also promised support to prop up the struggling Iraqi economy as the two nations held their first strategic dialogue in more than a decade. WASHINGTON – The United States said Thursday it would reduce troops in Iraq in the coming months as friction between the two countries eased under a new US-friendly premier in Baghdad. President Donald Trump responded by threatening crippling sanctions and, according to US military sources, Washington began planning a vast bombing spree against groups blamed for the rockets. (AFP)last_img read more