The same month, the Pentagon said there were roughly 5,200 American forces in Iraq.
An Iraqi government spokesman and US contractors in the country told the Associated Press on Monday that American forces had begun a drawdown from Iraq following Baghdad's declaration of victory over ISIS militants.
Al-Hadithi explained that the agreement was reached "after the victory achieved by the Iraqi forces against the forces of terrorism", adding that the nature of the next phase requires a presence of another kind. At the time the military intervention was described as "limited", but as Iraq's military struggled to roll back the extremists, the US -led coalition's footprint in the country steadily grew. According to contractors at a US-led coalition base in Iraq, dozens of troops, with weapons and equipment, have been flown out of the country on daily flights to Afghanistan over the past week.
Although this airstrike marks a victory for the US against the terror group, Jarrard cautions that ISIS continues to maintain its presence in the area.
In the announcement, Mattis said the U.S.' new focus would be on rising powers like China and Russian Federation as opposed to terrorism.
That would leave some 4,000 U.S. troops to continue training the Iraqi military.
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The U.S. first launched airstrikes against the Daesh terror group in Iraq in August 2014.
Al-Abadi, who is looking to remain in office for another term, has long struggled to balance the often competing interests of 's two key allies: Iran and the United States. The prime minister has previously stated that 's military will need American training for years to come.
In August 2017, President Donald Trump announced a new Afghanistan strategy, in which he pledged to continue US support for the Afghan government and military.
The unnamed officials told Reuters the operation to secure the Hamrin mountain range-which lies between oil fields in Kirkuk and the town of Khanaqin at the Iranian border-could begin this week.
While defeated on the battlefield, USA military planners have expected ISIS to switch to insurgent tactics, carrying out high-profile terror attacks in Iraq.
On Monday, the US-led coalition fighting ISIS announced a "shift in focus" in its military campaign in Iraq.