US military equipment being moved out of Iraq: Report

August 6th, 2011 - 3:32 am ICT by IANS  

Washington, Aug 6 (IANS) Nearly 60 percent of US military equipment has been moved out of Iraq and the remaining is on track as the deadline for American forces to be out of the country approaches, the American Forces Press Service reported.

The American Forces Press Service (AFPS) is the news service provided by the Department of Defence. It supplies news stories pertaining to the activities of US military forces around the world.

“The mission is looking good. Everything we’re seeing is tracking well,” Air Force Maj. John Rozsnyai, who heads the US Transportation Command’s joint planning team for the effort, told the service.

Till date, 1.7 million pieces of military equipment have been moved out of Iraq. The command has five months to bring home the remaining troops and the last one million pieces of military equipment.

“Part of the equipment uncertainty is whether the Iraqi government will want the US to stay longer,” Rozsnyai said.

US forces are to pull out completely from Iraq by the end of 2011, according to a security agreement signed in 2008 between Baghdad and Washington.

The US is now anxiously waiting for Iraq’s decision on whether they want American troops to stay in the country beyond the year end.

The US Central Command will decide whether equipment goes back to the US, to the Iraqis for their forces, or is sent to Afghanistan to help the war effort there, Rozsnyai said.

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