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File photo of US army forces participate in combat training in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil, December 2016.

US forces to stay in Iraq as long as needed: spokesman

Sun, August 19, 2018 12:37

ABU DHABI, August 19, 2018 (News Wires) - US forces will stay in Iraq "as long as needed" to help stabilise regions previously controlled by Islamic State, a spokesman for the US-led international coalition fighting the militants said on Sunday.

"We'll keep troops there as long as we think they're needed ... The main reason, after IS(Islamic State) is defeated militarily is the stabilisation efforts and we still need to be there for that, so that's one of the reasons we'll maintain a presence," Colonel Sean Ryan told a news conference in Abu Dhabi.

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