[size=36]Joint Operations: No American request to stay in Iraq[/size]
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The Joint Operations Command confirmed, on Thursday, that the United States of America did not submit a request regarding the survival of its combat forces in Iraq, while confirming that the American side is committed to the outcomes of the strategic dialogue and that next December 31 is the last date for the survival of its combat forces in Iraq.
The spokesman for the Operations Command, Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji, said, "The joint Iraqi-US committee has started implementing the outcomes of the strategic dialogue," noting that "the last date for the stay of the American combat forces in Iraq will be December 31, according to what was agreed upon during the strategic dialogue rounds between the two countries."
Regarding submitting an American request for the combat forces to remain, Al-Khafaji confirmed that “the Iraqi side has not received a request from America to keep its combat forces in Iraq,” noting that “the cooperation between the two countries will be in the field of training and exchange of experiences, and there is ongoing work with America in fighting ISIS through the exchange of intelligence information.” and security, and the security forces may need an air effort that can be requested from America."
He pointed out that "the American forces began to withdraw in large numbers in implementation of the outcomes of the strategic dialogue," stressing that "the Americans do not own camps or centers except for a small part at the Ain Al-Assad base, which is currently managed by Iraqi leadership, in addition to the Al-Harir base, of which the American forces occupy a small part as well. The bulk of it is under the command of the Peshmerga forces in Kurdistan."
He added, "