INA – BAGHDAD
International Coalition confirmed on Wednesday, that the coalition's role in Iraq will not change along with the approaching withdrawal of combat forces at the end of December, this year.
"The role of the international coalition in Iraq will not change, and it will move from combat operations to the role of advisory, empowerment and assistance,” said the spokesman for the Joint Task Force and Director of Public Affairs in the International Coalition, Joel Harper, to the Iraqi News Agency (INA).
"We're already pretty much playing that role now, so there won't be a dynamic change in the numbers or the mission that we have here now," he added.
The spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Major General Yahya Rasool, confirmed earlier that "the forces assigned to combat missions have begun to withdraw, and there is an ongoing effort to complete the withdrawal process until December 31st, 2021,"