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Biden in Iraq as combat units prepare withdrawal

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Biden in Iraq as combat units prepare withdrawal


US Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in Iraq as American troops prepare to end combat operations officially.

Biden was set to hold talks with Iraqi leaders with a view to breaking a six-month political deadlock the result of an inconclusive election in March.

The so-called “Operation New Dawn” begins on Wednesday, marking the beginning of the end of the US military’s seven-year mission in Iraq.

Some 50,000 U.S. troops will remain in Iraq, a third of the contingent three years ago when the country was on the brink of civil war.

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