Washington has said that the remaining U.S. troops in Iraq should stay as the part of the international coalition fight against ISIS, a delegation declared.
“U.S. military servicemen give support for Iraqi security forces by the request of Iraqi government, and they should remain in Iraq as the part of international coalition in order to completely remove ISIS,” the statement by the US delegation, led by congressman John Garamendi said on Wednesday.
The remarks were made on Wednesday as the delegation held meetings with senior Iraqi officials including Prime Minister Adil Adul-Mahdi, Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi and Kurdish Premier Nechirvan Barzani.
On Tuesday, Garamendi met up with Barzani, who stressed the importance of the U.S. military presence to prevent the threat of terrorism.
The U.S. military presence has been a controversial issue in Iraq as some parties call for the U.S. troops removal from the country.