The US-led coalition has informed the Iraqi military that it was preparing for “movement out of Iraq”, AFP and Reuters news agencies reported.
The report comes a day after the Iraqi parliament urged the government to oust foreign troops following the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad.
The head of the US military’s Task Force Iraq, Brigadier General William Seely, sent a letter to the head of Iraq’s joint operations command, AFP reported.
The letter said troops would “be repositioning forces over the course of the coming days and weeks to prepare for onward movement.”
The letter reportedly added: “We respect your sovereign decision to order our departure.”
A US defence official and an Iraqi defence official confirmed the letter was real and had been delivered.
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