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Biden Heralds End to Iraq Combat Even as U.S. Troops Remain

  • Meeting with Iraqi premier announced a largely symbolic step
  • U.S. forces expected to stay for training, intelligence help
U.S. Army soldiers look onto Baghdad from a guardhouse on the perimeter of the International Zone on May 30.

U.S. Army soldiers look onto Baghdad from a guardhouse on the perimeter of the International Zone on May 30.

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President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said Monday that the American combat mission in Iraq will be over by the end of the year, though the U.S. is expected to keep a military presence on the ground.

The U.S. will “be available to continue to train, to assist, to help and to deal with” Islamic State terrorists as needed, Biden said at the opening of a meeting with the Iraqi leader in the Oval Office. “But we are not going to be by the end of the year in a combat mission.”