"That's not what's happening", U.S. Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, said, stressing there was no withdrawal being planned. For the past several hours there was strong intelligence passed down to us that indicated an attack may be headed towards Al Asad Air Base in Anbar, Iraq.
But experts believe that U.S. forces are unlikely to withdraw, especially as the move would weaken efforts to stop an ISIS resurgence. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now.
Iraqis are anxious they will be caught in a war between the US and Iran, which vowed to seek revenge for Soleimani's killing and on Tuesday launched missiles ar two USA military bases in Iraq housing USA and coalition forces.
The U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003. claiming that the country's then-leader Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.
A letter from the USA commanding general in Iraq to that country's government announcing a withdrawal of US forces was a "mistake", the defense department said Monday.
Iraqi lawmakers voted Sunday in favor of a resolution that calls for ending foreign military presence in the country.
Canadians have always been in Irbil, working with Iraqi troops and maintaining a helicopter unit, and Canada has a diplomatic presence there as well. -Gen. Jens Stoltenberg and the hope was that Canada and the alliance will be able to resume training Iraqi personnel "when the situation allows".
Separately on Tuesday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he hasn't received any request from the Iraqi government to withdraw USA forces.
Subsequently, the United States administration sent a new letter that coincided with the original language, he continued.
Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said Iran warned him that an attack was imminent and only areas with us troops would be targeted. "We respect your sovereign decision to order our departure", the letter noted.
Abdul Mahdi statement came after Iran fired ballistic missiles earlier in the day on military bases housing USA troops in Iraq's western province of Anbar and near the city of Erbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan.
Sajjan said in a statement Monday that Canada is "committed to a stable Iraq".