US refuses Iraq request to discuss troop withdrawal

US refuses Iraq request to discuss troop withdrawal

Thousands more US troops were ordered to the Middle East on January 3 after the US assassinated Iran's military mastermind and Tehran promised "severe revenge". AFP/US Army

The United States said Friday it would not discuss pulling troops from Iraq after its caretaker prime minister asked Washington to send a delegation to begin withdrawal arrangements.

"At this time, any delegation sent to Iraq would be dedicated to discussing how to best recommit to our strategic partnership -- not to discuss troop withdrawal, but our right, appropriate force posture in the Middle East," State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said.

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