10 things you need to know today: July 27, 2021

Biden announces the end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq, medical groups call for vaccinating all health-care workers, and more

Biden and the Iraqi prime minister
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1. Biden announces formal end of U.S. combat mission in Iraq

President Biden on Monday announced the formal end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq "by the end of the year." Biden met with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi in the Oval Office, and said that American troops would shift their focus to training and assisting Iraq forces fighting the Islamic State. "Our shared fight against ISIS is critical for the stability of our region and our counterterrorism cooperation will continue, even as we shift to this new phase we're going to be talking about," Biden said. Iraq's U.S. ambassador, Fareed Yasseen, told ABC News last week that Iraq's military would continue to request U.S. assistance as needed for intelligence, surveillance, and other purposes. Several U.S. officials said that the 2,500 U.S. troops still in Iraq already were largely concentrating on assisting their Iraqi counterparts.

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