Canada moving troops out of Iraq as regional tensions rise

U.S. Military Prepares to Move 'Out of Iraq' Amid Nation's Anger Over Deadly Strikes

Letter Appearing to Signal US Iraq Pullout Was 'Honest Mistake,' Top General Says

The German lawmaker said that if the us troops would have to leave Iraq, troops from Germany and other countries have to follow suit.

"As we defend our people and interests, let me reiterate, the not seeking a war with Iran", Esper said during a Pentagon news conference Tuesday. "That letter is inconsistent of where we are right now". Iraqi PM Adel Abdul-Mahdi says Iraq has received that letter, in English and Arabic, despite the United States saying it wasn't meant to be sent yet.

After holding an emergency meeting with the alliance's planning body on Monday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said training would restart when "the situation permits" and did not mention the withdrawal of troops.

Iranian state television said 80 "American terrorists" had been killed and USA helicopters and military equipment damaged.

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Thousands of Iraqis packed the streets of Basra on Tuesday to mourn the death of mIlitary leader Jamal Jaafar Ibrahimi, known as Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, killed last week by a USA airstrike alongside his Iranian mentor Qassem Soleimani.

President Trump tweeted that all was well and said that casualties and damage were being assessed.

"Here's the bottom line, this was a mistake", Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said as he tried to unravel a knot of miscommunication that came at a time of already soaring tensions with the Middle East.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper underscored that USA policy has not changed, dismissing as a mere "draft" the unsigned letter from a United States general to Iraq's government saying Washington would redeploy troops "in due deference to the sovereignty" of the country.

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Col. Dakota Wood explains what a potential war between the United States and Iran would look like, which of Iran's weaknesses the USA can exploit, and who has the greater military advantage. Addressed to an official at the Iraqi Ministry of Defence, the letter said US troops would be "repositioning forces" to prepare for "onward movement". The parliament was reacting several days after a US airstrike took out Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad.

His comments came just days after a U.S. air strike killed Iran's top general, shortly after he arrived at Baghdad's worldwide airport. "The Iraqi government must work to end the presence of any foreign troops on Iraqi soil and prohibit them from using its land, airspace or water for any reason".

Acting prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said the document "was clear" and expressed exasperation with conflicting us signals. "If we are late, then they will tell us that we are late", he said.

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"It (the draft letter) was sent over to some key Iraqi military guys in order to get things coordinated for air movements, etc".

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