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WSJ News Exclusive | U.S., Iraq to Agree that U.S. Combat Troops Should Leave by End of 2021


A U.S. Army soldier looking onto Baghdad from a guardhouse on the perimeter of the International Zone in May.



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Top Iraqi and U.S. officials plan to issue a statement that calls for U.S. combat troops to leave Iraq by the end of the year, U.S. and Iraqis officials said, but would reaffirm that a U.S. military presence is still needed after that to help Iraqi forces in their fight against Islamic State.

“We don’t need any more fighters because we have those,” Iraqi Foreign Minister

Fuad Hussein

told The Wall Street Journal. “What do we need? We need cooperation in the field of intelligence. We need help with training. We need troops to help us in the air.”

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