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Tishwash:  The first batches of US forces leave Iraq

The official spokesman for the Iraqi Joint Operations Command, Major General Tahsin Al-Khafaji, announced today, Friday, the withdrawal of the first batch of US forces from Iraq, according to the agreement with Washington.

Al-Khafaji explained that the US forces in Iraq are not combat, adding: “We only have those who meet support with air strikes to target ISIS remnants, as well as logistical and advisory services.”

And Abizaid: “Today the American forces began to withdraw and the number is 500, who were announced according to the agreement between Baghdad and Washington recently.

And the Foreign Minister, Fuad Hussein, revealed during a press conference, last Wednesday, that Baghdad and Washington had reached an agreement to withdraw 500 American soldiers from Iraq, after talks that took place during a phone call between the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, and the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The new acting US Secretary of Defense, Christopher Miller, expressed his intention to accelerate the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan and the Middle East, saying, “The time has come to return to the homeland. All wars must end,” in his first message to the US armed forces.”

Many are tired of war, and I am one of them, ” Miller wrote in a message on the Defense Department’s website , but it is the crucial stage in which we transform our efforts from a leadership role to a supportive one.

The acting US Secretary of Defense concluded: “Ending wars requires concessions and partnership. We faced the challenge and did everything we could. Now it is time to return home.”   link

Tishwash:   Deputy for it: Kurdish blocs will attend the session on Saturday

The House of Representatives will hold its regular session on Saturday to discuss a number of draft laws, the most important of which is the Information Crimes Law.

The Kurdish blocs withdrew from the voting session on the borrowing law on Thursday, 12th of this month, due to the Kurdistan region’s share.

The deputy of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Hassan Narmo, confirmed in a press statement that “all Kurdish representatives will participate in tomorrow’s session, Saturday,” noting that “there are no directives yet to boycott the sessions of the Council of Representatives by the Kurdish blocs.”

The agenda, which is scheduled to be held at exactly 12 mid-Saturday, includes “a general topic for discussion in the presence of the Minister of Education and Scientific Research regarding {expansion of scholastic seats}, an oral question addressed to the Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq by Representative Faleh Al-Sari, and an oral question addressed to the Chairman of the Council Federal service by MP Kazem Al-Shammari.

It also includes “the report and discussion of the draft refugee law, the report and discussion of the draft law on information crimes, the report and discussion of the draft law of the third amendment to the Law of Implementation of Irrigation Projects No. 138 of 1971.

The agenda will also include general discussions for a period of 15 minutes.   link