US Defense Secretary says no decision to leave Iraq

The US has no plans to pull its troops out of Iraq, Defense Secretary Mark Esper told Pentagon reporters on Monday, following reports of a US military letter about preparations for a withdrawal.

The letter, cited by news agencies and US media, was sent to Iraqi military by US Marine Brigadier General William Seely. A top US general told reporters that the letter was a poorly worded draft document meant to only underscore increased movement of forces, saying it was a mistake, unsigned, and should never have been released.

Source: VOV5