U.S., Iraqi officials to announce U.S. military shift to advisory role in Iraq by year’s end

(Worthy News) – U.S. and Iraqi officials are finalizing a shift in the U.S. mission in to a purely advisory role by the end of the year, marking the official end of the U.S. combat mission in the country, according to a U.S. official and two people familiar with the issue.

Officials plan to announce this shift on Monday after Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi meets with President at the , according to one of the people familiar with the discussions.

Under the plan, which the people stressed will not constitute a withdrawal of American forces from the country, a number of U.S. service members will remain in Iraq indefinitely. These troops will provide logistics and advisory support, as well as air power, intelligence and surveillance capability in the fight against the , which this week claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in Baghdad that left dozens dead. [ Source: Politico (Read More…) ]

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