Now the US-led coalition and the Iraqi government have agreed to withdraw troops from the country.
The contractors say dozens of American soldiers have left on daily flights over the past week.
The Iraqi government spokesman toldthe Associated Press Reporter that: "The battle against Daesh has ended, and so the level of the American presence will be reduced".
"We will retain an appropriate amount of capabilities as well as an advisory presence to continue training, advising, and equipping our partners in the continued fight against Daesh", it said, referring to the IS group by one of its Arabic acronyms.
The 300 or so Americans account for about 1 percent of the estimated 30,000 foreign fighters who joined ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
A senior Iraqi official considered to be close to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that 60 percent of all American troops now in country will be withdrawn.
According to the Western contractors, the drawdown began last week and a number of US troops have left bases on daily flights.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.
U.S. Army soldiers stands next to a guided-missile launcher, a few miles from the frontline, in the village of Abu Ghaddur, east of Tal Afar, Iraq. Some are still in Syria and Iraq and others may have been prevented from returning to the U.S.by Turkish authorities who have captured a large number of jihadis as they fled from the former caliphate.
The US first launched airstrikes against IS in Iraq in August 2014, as part of a military intervention which was initially described as "limited".
Raymond declined to say where his unit was being redeployed because the information has not yet been made public.
Since Iraqi forces and the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militias took control of Kirkuk, the oil-rich city has experienced unprecedented security incidents including kidnappings, assassinations, and bombings.
The move comes just weeks after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced the United States' new defense strategy.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group, Isis control went from almost 50 per cent of Syrian territory to three per cent late previous year.
New Zealand were second in the series standings before Hamilton with one tournament success in Cape Town after three legs. William Ambaka's try stretched Kenya's lead to 33-14 and they safely held on despite conceding a late try .
What this means is, in the 2014 experiment, the monkeys thankfully weren't getting a full blast - not that they had it easy. VW, while apologizing for the tests, insisted it "explicitly distances itself clearly from all forms of animal abuse".
Russian Federation was the worst offender, the newspaper reported, with 60 medals won by athletes with suspicious test results. It will be the first time the Koreas will compete together at an Olympic event.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Clear skies are giving Southern Californians an unimpeded view of the first super blue blood moon in 35 years. As per NASA , this would make the moon look closer as well as brighter than a full moon at its farthest point from Earth.
School Police Chief Steve Zipperman during a press briefing at the scene. "I think he will do fine", Strumwasser said. On Friday morning, anxious parents accompanied their children to the school as classes resumed. "I wanted to cry".
The Pentagon has not publicly admitted the reported failure because of ongoing tensions with North Korea . Missile Defense Agency did not comment on the outcome of the test but confirmed that one had taken place.
That appeals to coach Jay Gruden, whose offense favors dropback passers, but it's not confined to that style. The Browns have extra draft picks and cap space, but they also have one win the past two seasons.
If you do have an Alexa Show, instead of only hearing the updates, you'll also see the latest news and weather on your device. If you can tick both of those boxes, Alexa can now send an SMS to any of the contacts listed in your phone.
The Bulls had decided Wednesday to shut Mirotic down while continuing to explore trade options prior to the February 8 deadline. The first-round pick the Bulls will receive has minimal protections , and they are likely to get that pick for the July draft.
Kate and William are not staying with the royals and will instead be hosted in the Residence of the British Ambassador to Sweden. The game originated in Cambridgeshire and dates back to 1813. "She's an ambassador in more ways than one", one commented.
Critics have been eager to pin the threat of North Korea being able to nuke the USA on the President's language. There's a possibility that the South's delegation will travel to the North by land as an alternative.
French police have questioned prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan over allegations over rape and sexual assault. Shorlty after, a second woman came forward who said she had gone through a similar experience with Ramadan in 2009.
JPMorgan said previously that it spent $1.25 billion on medical benefits in 2017 for 300,000 US employees and family members. Six of the top ten companies with significant share declines on the Standard & Poor's 500 index were health care companies.
FTAs on e-Tourist Visa grew by 143 per cent to 10.8 lakh in 2016, and further grew by 57.2 per cent to 17.0 lakh during 2017. This is double the share of India's merchandise exports in the world at 1.7%, the Survey pointed out.
This year's Call of Duty installment will be handled by Treyarch and not so surprisingly, this has led to rumors of Black Ops 4 . Moreover, the upcoming game will reportedly be a full-featured version with DLC support, HD Rumble, and motion controls.
Randall Margraves returned to Judge Janice Cunningham's courtroom hours after the incident after spending time in a holding cell. Who would put their selves through this if it didn't happen? She said yes, and Margraves then called Nassar a "son of a b***h".
It's not on reimbursement model because too many complaints come on the reimbursement model", he said. Nadda said no date for the roll out of the scheme had been fixed, but it would be done "very soon".
We've gotten to that point in this unusually bad flu season where city officials have started dishing out flu shots for free. When the flu becomes severe, some people may need immediate medical attention to prevent further complications.
Other previously available information on the size, attrition and performance of the Afghan forces continue to be unavailable. That's not classified information, according to officials, but SIGAR says it was labeled "not releasable to the public".
It fall, as 83 investors sold QCOM shares while 490 reduced holdings. 88 funds opened positions while 466 raised stakes. Viking Fund Management Llc sold 14,450 shares as the company's stock declined 3.45% while stock markets rallied.
The annulment resulted in several clashes between the rival factions, namely the supporters of Kenyatta and those of Odinga. Odinga was sworn in on Tuesday surrounded by some 10,000 supporters in Uhuru Park in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
Flooding has disrupted some metro and train services in the city, and some walkways and roads near the river are closed. It's enough to worry Joao de Macedo, janitor at a residential building in Paris's upscale 16th Arrondissement.