Iraqi president takes aim at Trump over using country to watch Iran
05 February, 2019, 04:47 | Author: Rachel Logan
"If the United States is perceived as being in Iraq not exclusively to assist the Iraqi forces in [the] fight against ISIS, it will strengthen the hand of those who oppose the U.S. presence", said David Witty, a retired usa special forces colonel.
U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to reverse course on his desire to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, now saying that they will stay there and in Iraq to combat Iran, which he stated is a "real problem".
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"It is of fundamental interest for Iraq to have good relations with Iran" and other neighbouring countries, Salih added. The projectiles, which were made in Iran, were set to fire 15 minutes before they were disabled.
The Ain al-Asad military base in Iraq to which Trump was referring was almost the site of a deadly attack over the weekend. "It's perfectly situated for looking at all over different parts of the troubled Middle East rather than pulling up".
However, U.S. CENTCOM did provide the following answer about the immediate impact a U.S. troop departure will have on the resurgence of ISIS in Syria: "ISIS may conduct opportunistic attacks on U.S. personnel as they withdraw but will leverage the event as a 'victory" in its media'.
"We'll come back if we have to", he said.
Trump's move raised concerns among defense hawks that ISIS would take advantage of the absence of US troops to strengthen its hand in the region.
Speaking to Lebanon's Arabic-language al-Mayadeen TV network, Jafaar Hussaini said US President Donald Trump can never think of any invasion against Iran from Iraqi soil.
United States troops who stay in Iraq will also keep an eye on Syria, the president added.
"Well, we spent a fortune on building this incredible base".
Matthew Tueller, a USA foreign service officer who last served as ambassador to Yemen, has been nominated to serve as USA envoy to Iraq, but has yet to get a Senate hearing.
"There is no U.S. base in Iraq", he said.
The report is the first of its kind since the president announced his plan to withdraw US troops.
In the CBS interview Mr Trump defended his recent decision to withdraw the 2,000 U.S. troops deployed in neighbouring Syria to support a Kurdish-led militia alliance seeking to capture the last pocket of IS territory there.
USA troops are now supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces in their final battle against the last ISIS strongholds in eastern Syria, where it's estimated that about 2,000 ISIS fighters remain.
Trump also said he wants to leave troops in Iraq, however, in order to keep an eye on the regime in Iran.
The U.S. will implore foreign allies to take custody of the fighters Wednesday when 79 members of the worldwide coalition aimed at eradicating ISIS meet at the State Department.
The president acknowledged in the Sunday interview that there will still be "pockets" of fighters, but said, "You're not going to keep armies there because you have a few people or you even have fairly reasonable numbers of people". At the height of the terror group's power in the Middle East, it controlled 34,000 square miles in Syria and Iraq, territory the size of Britain.
Trump expressed hope that Iran might change for the better now that the United States has withdrawn from the Iran nuclear deal and restored sanctions on the brutal regime in Tehran.
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