Iraqi President Slams Trump's Remarks about Staying in Iraq

Iraqi President Slams Trump's Remarks about Staying in Iraq

Iraqi President Slams Trump's Remarks about Staying in Iraq

"All I want to do is be able to watch".

Of Iraq, Trump said "We spent a fortune on building this incredible base".

Some of the forces moving out of Syria will go to Iraq, where they can monitor any resurgence of Islamic State or other militant group and "ultimately some will be coming home", Mr Trump said.

Senators from across party lines in the United States have backed an amendment opposing Donald Trump's plan to pull troops out of Syria and Afghanistan, in a strong rebuke of the Republican president's decision.

"Don't overburden Iraq with your own issues", Salih said during a forum in Baghdad.

Opponents included every senator considering a 2020 presidential run, and four Republicans, who said USA foreign policy needs a rethink.

Iraq is in a hard position as tensions between its two biggest allies, the United States and Iran, increase.

Salih also emphasized Iraq's own primary political concerns, emphasizing the "fundamental interest for Iraq to have good relations with Iran".

The U.S. military commanders also said the inability of Syrian and Iraqi officials to address long-standing Sunni Arab grievances could make IS even more potent. Iraq should not be used as a spring board to attack its neighbours. "We expect Iran to fully respect the sovereignty of Iran and other regional states" they said.

Officials with Operation Inherent Resolve, the US mission in Iraq and Syria, also caution that morale among IS fighters, while not as high as it once was, remains high overall. "We will not allow this", he added.


'Absent sustained [counterterrorism] pressure, ISIS could likely resurge in Syria within six to twelve months, ' read the IG report on Operation Inherent Resolve, which is the name for US operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Citing two USA officials, the New York Times said senior United States military officers recently visited several Iraqi bases, including in Erbil and the Ayn al-Asad Airbase, to determine if existing USA operations there could be expanded with troops moving in from Syria. "We can come back very quickly".

In an interview that aired Sunday, Trump saidit was important to keep a military presence in Iraq so Washington could keep on eye on neighboring Iran.

Hassan al-Kaabi, the first deputy speaker of the Iraqi parliament, issued a statement Sunday saying parliament would work on a bill to end the presence of USA troops in the country in its next session.

Trump's latest remarks had made passing such a law "a national duty", he said.

Trump's announcement in December came after the Inspector General had completed much of its work, but it led the office to pose a new series of questions about the withdrawal to military commands.

According to Rudaw, Abdul-Mahdi said at the time that the American president's visit had broken conditions set by Baghdad. If U.S. troops are not on the ground in Syria, counter-terrorism analysts fear Americans access to those intelligence streams may dry up.

The coalition gave conflicting assessments of IS strength and capabilities, reporting at the end of December that it "remains a battle-hardened and well-disciplined force", with high morale and "unfazed by Coalition airstrikes", only to say its morale was "trending downward" in January.

Only U.S. military and intelligence officials publicly insist it will likely not be so easy.

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