Letter on Iraq pullout ‘genuine’ but sent by ‘mistake’: Top US general

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley speaks during a change of command ceremony. (File photo: AFP)

An official US letter informing Iraq that American troops would begin pulling out was “genuine” but not intended to be sent at this time, Pentagon Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley said Monday.

“This was a mistake from McKenzie,” Milley told reporters, referring to US Central Command commander General Frank McKenzie.

“It shouldn’t have been sent,” Milley said.

A letter sent Monday to the Iraqi government from a commander in Iraq said troops would be “repositioning over the course of the coming days and weeks to prepare for onward movement.”

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