Commander of the U.S. forces in Iraq said U.S. begins to pull out troops from Iraq under security treaty between Washington and Baghdad, Al Jazeera reported.
The American commander said U.S. forces are handing over command to national forces due to reduction in violence.
There will be left small number of advisers and instructors to help local security services by the time American soldiers will leave Mosul till June 30, the U.S. American general said at a press conference attended by Iraqi defense minister and interior minister.
Mosul will be first city to see withdrawal of American forces. The withdrawal will fully complete by 2011.
American general did not disclose number of advisers and instructors. However he confirmed withdrawal from other Iraqi cities including Mosul where security situation is tense despite reduced violence.