Shortly, according to sources, the Americans should resume training the Iraqi military
The US military has resumed operations against self-declared Islamic state militants in Iraq and is working to resume training of Iraqi soldiers as soon as possible. Representatives of the US administration reported.
One of the interlocutors said that joint operations of the US and Iraqi military have already begun, but so far not in the same volume as before. The source added that work on training the Iraqi military has not yet begun, but this is a matter of the near future.
Relations with Iraq soured after the US carried out an attack on Baghdad’s international airport on January 3 that killed Iranian General Qasem Suleimani. After that, the Iraqi Parliament voted for the withdrawal of American troops from the country, and Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi asked Washington to develop a plan for the withdrawal of troops. The US has categorically rejected this demand. More than 5,000 American troops are currently serving in Iraq.
The sources spoke about the resumption of the Iraqi operation on condition of anonymity, citing the fact that this decision has not yet been announced officially.
One administration official said that the Pentagon leadership discussed resuming the operation with the Iraqis, but it is not known who exactly participated in these negotiations. In addition, there is no information on whether this idea was supported in official Baghdad.