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Macron vows French troops will stay in Iraq even if US withdraws

French President Emmanuel Macron holds a press conference at the guest house in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, on August 28, 2021. (Ludovic Marin/AFP)
French President Emmanuel Macron holds a press conference at the guest house in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, on August 28, 2021. (Ludovic Marin/AFP)

BAGHDAD — French President Emmanuel Macron says that his country will continue to deploy troops in Iraq to battle terrorism even if the US were to withdraw.

“No matter what choices the Americans make, we will maintain our presence in Iraq to fight against terrorism,” Macron tells a news conference in Baghdad where he is attending a regional summit.

“We have the operational capacity to ensure this presence,” he adds after the meeting, which has been overshadowed by the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan and Thursday’s suicide bombing in Kabul claimed by an Islamic State group affiliate.

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