US combat forces to leave Iraq by end of year

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President Joe Biden has said US combat forces will leave Iraq by the end of this year, though troops will continue to train and advise the Iraqi military.The announcement came after Mr Biden held talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi at the White House.There are currently 2,500 US troops in Iraq helping local forces counter what remains of the Islamic State group.Numbers of US troops are likely to stay the same but the move is being seen as an attempt to help the Iraqi PM.

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