TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE : US insists military not withdrawing from Iraq after confusion over leaked letter

‘There’s been no decision whatsoever to leave,’ says Mark Esper

Andrew Buncombe
Andrew Feinberg


The US has been forced to deny it is planning to pull its military out of Iraq after a “poorly-worded draft” letter leaked online.

The letter, which was not signed but was printed on the letterhead of Brig Gen William Seely, alerted Iraqi military colleagues of “repositioning over the course of the coming days and weeks to prepare for onward movement”.

It said there would be an increase in helicopter travel around the Green Zone and added, in reference to the Iraqi parliament’s vote to demand that US forces leave the country following Washington’s killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani: “We respect your sovereign decision to order our departure.”


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