The US has started to reduce its number of troops in Iraq following Baghdad's victory over ISIS a year ago, according to an Iraqi government spokesman and western contractors. "Coordination continues, to maintain (U.S.) assistance to the Iraqi forces in accordance with their requirements".
The U.S. -led global military coalition helped Iraqi forces recapture territory taken by Islamic State in 2014 and 2015, providing air and artillery support in the battle to for Mosul, and trained tens of thousands of elite Iraqi soldiers.
As of late September, there were almost 9,000 USA troops in Iraq, according to the Pentagon.
The U.S. will move troops from Iraq to Afghanistan, however, the shift will not represent a large "exodus" of soldiers from the country, Department of Defence spokesman Eric Pahon told Sputnik.
An AP reporter at the base saw troop movements matching the officials' account. The contractors spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations and declined to reveal the exact size of the drawdown.
Two Iraqi officials confirmed that US -led coalition and Iraqi government have reached an agreement to draw down troops in Iraq.
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Further, the 23 coal shipments were delivered using "a combination of multiple evasion techniques, routes and deceptive tactics". In addition to coal, North Korea is banned from exporting iron, lead and seafood, among other commodities.
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Cunningham could have given Margraves a jail sentence or fine as she considered whether to hold him in contempt of court. Margraves then ran toward Nassar and got within a few feet of him before being tackled by courtroom security.
Despite the reduced number of US troops, ISIS remains a threat, according to American and Iraqi officials.
A Pentagon report released in November said there were 8,892 USA troops in as of late September.
The U.S. first launched airstrikes against the Daesh terror group in Iraq in August 2014. At the time the military intervention was described as "limited", but as Iraq's military struggled to roll back the extremists, the US -led coalition's footprint in the country steadily grew.
Iraq declared victory over ISIS in December 2017, after Iraqi forces eliminated some of the remaining forces of ISIS. Iraq's oil ministry has ordered the state-held North Oil Company to draft "an urgent plan" for rehabilitating the oil fields in Nineveh. In 2014, Daesh (IS) controlled almost a third of Iraqi territory.
Kataib Hezbollah has strong links to Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps and has threatened to attack USA forces several times in the past, describing their presence as an occupation. US troop numbers eventually wound down to 40,000 before the complete withdrawal in 2011.
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Apart from Kundu, others who died were identified as riflemen Ram Avtar and Shubam Singh, and havaldar Roshan Lal. The army officer added that Pakistan has stepped up unprovoked firing and shelling in Kashmir since 23 December.
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He said the dream of peace and prosperity in the region will remain elusive without resolving the Kashmir dispute. Kashmiris considered themselves Pakistani and wanted to live under the Pakistani flag, he added.
It was not clear which rebel group was involved, but the jihadist Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) is the most active force in the area. In November 2015, Turkey shot down a Russian military aircraft, which caused a diplomatic crisis between Moscow and Ankara.
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The avalanche hit an army post near the Line of Control around 11:20 am, defence ministry sources told news agency IANS. In 2012, a massive avalanche in the Pakistan-controlled part of Kashmir killed 140 people, including 129 soldiers.
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