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Pentagon: About 5,000 US troops stationed in Iraq

The Pentagon announced Thursday that some 5,000 US troops are based in Iraq.

“The number of our troops in Iraq is around 5,000, that’s a rough figure,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White told a news conference.

She added that “the United States began to reduce the number of its troops in Iraq, after Baghdad announced victory over the organization of a supporter, in December 2017.”

“The continued presence of coalition forces in Iraq will be based on circumstances and proportionate to the need, in coordination with the Government of Iraq,” said Col. Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the International Coalition.

Three years later, with the support of the US-led coalition, Iraq announced last December that its entire territory would be restored from the grip of a pro-Western organization that controlled a third of the country.

The organization still retains dormant cells scattered across the country and is gradually returning to its old style of pre-2014 guerrilla attacks. Source