The Pentagon announced on Thursday that the United States will continue to have its forces in Iraq and the Middle East.
“Operations in Syria have not stopped against ISIS,” said US Defense Department Spokesman Sean Robertson, noting that “the Pentagon continues to plan and redeploy and is looking forward to resuming operations.”
He added, “We have no intention of withdrawing from Iraq and our goal is to stay in the Middle East.”
On Thursday, the Spokesperson for the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Major General Abdul Karim Khalaf, denied granting approvals to resume the US military’s operations in Iraq.
Two US military officials had confirmed earlier that the US military had resumed its joint operations with Iraq 10 days after it was suspended.