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US combat troops will start leaving Iraq from early next month, an Iraqi lawmaker on parliament’s Security and Defence Committee has told The New Arab’s Arabic-language sister site.

The withdrawal will take place in stages, and is based on the deal Washington and Baghdad reached on the matter in July, Badr Al-Zayadi told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.

“On this coming 1 January, no American combat troops will be present [in Iraq],” Al-Zayadi said.

The US will continue conducting airstrikes on Iraq as part of the international coalition against the Islamic State (IS) group, the lawmaker said.

Washington will also continue to train and advise the Iraqi forces.

There are 2,500 American soldiers in Iraq at present. It was not immediately clear how many will remain in the training and advisory roles.