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Iraq resumes talks with United States on ending US-led coalition's presence in country

File photo of American troops in Iraq

Iraq says it has resumed talks with the United State on terminating the mission of the so-called US-led coalition, which has been present in the Arab country under the pretext of fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

"The supreme Iraqi military commission resumed on Sunday its meetings with international coalition forces in Baghdad," General Yehia Rasool, the military spokesman for the Iraqi prime minister, said in a statement.

The United States invaded Iraq in 2003 based on false claims about Baghdad possessing weapons of mass destruction, leaving a trail of destruction, death, and chaos in the Arab country.

The US and its allies re-launched a military campaign in 2014 to supposedly fight off Daesh. The group had emerged in Iraq and neighboring Syria earlier as Washington was running out of excuses to extend its meddling in the West Asia region or enlarge it in scale.

The US military claimed to be ending its combat mission in Iraq in 2021, but said it would retain some 2,500 troops in the country as alleged advisors, although, Baghdad and its allies had decisively defeated terrorists in late 2017.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Rasool said the resumed meetings are aimed at setting up a "timeline" for a "progressive pullout" of coalition forces from Iraq.

"As long as nothing disrupts the serenity of these talks, the meetings will take place on a regular basis in order to achieve the commission's works as soon as possible," the military official.

The first round of talks opened on January 27, but was suspended after a drone strike killed three US forces at a base in Jordan. Washington has been using the incident as an excuse to stage a raft of deadly attacks across Iraq and Syria.

On Saturday, a former Iraqi prime minister urged Baghdad to act more decisively towards ending the United States' so-called mission.

Speaking to Iran's Arabic-language Al-Alam television network, Adel Abdul-Mahdi said, "The Iraqi government should adopt a clear and simple position and announce to America the end of its mission on a certain date."

"American forces came to Iraq in line with a decision made by the Iraqi government, and now they should leave as per the Iraqi government's notification," he noted.

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