Iraq, U.S. in Talks to Keep American Troops in the Country After Fight With ISIS is Over

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is reported to be in talks with the Trump administration to keep American troops in Iraq after the fight against Islamic State in the country is over.

Citing U.S. and Iraqi officials, The Associated Press reports that talks are ongoing, but the agreement could conclude that, in contrast to the U.S. withdrawal in 2011, a longer-term presence of U.S. troops is needed to ensure security in Iraq.

The decision to withdraw U.S. combat forces was implemented by former President Barack Obama after Iraqi and U.S. negotiators could not agree on details for extending an immunity agreement covering U.S. forces and U.S. contractors.

“So perhaps we shouldn’t have gone in, and certainly we shouldn’t have left,” Trump said in March during a White House meeting with Iraq’s prime minister. “We should never ever have left, and the vacuum was created.”

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