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

Kurdish MP Sarkawt Shams tweeted that the mission of USA troops in Iraq was "to help Iraqi security forces against terrorism, not "watching" others".

Asked if the US military in Iraq will shift its focus to "watching" Iran as Trump first brought up in a CBS interview on Sunday, Votel replied, "It has not".

Iraq's constitution stipulates that its territory will not be used to commit transgressions against any other nation, deputy parliament speaker Hassan Karim al-Kaabi pointed out, adding that the parliament will work on legislation to kick U.S. troops out.

"Our response created a state of observable panic and extreme fear among them, which led them to request air cover in anticipation of any action against them", al-Anzi said in the press conference Saturday.

The president added: "We're going to keep watching and we're going to keep seeing and if there's trouble, if somebody is looking to do nuclear weapons or other things, we're going to know it before they do".

In an interview with CBS News' "Face the Nation", Trump said the USA had spent a "fortune" on the Al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq, which he visited in December, and that it was "perfectly situated" to watch different parts of the Middle East.

"I want to be able to watch Iran", he said.

The report echoes what intelligence chiefs told lawmakers on Capitol Hill last week - that a vacuum left by the departure of usa troops could be filled by ISIS or al Qaeda in Syria or Iraq.

The report is the first of its kind since the president announced his plan to withdraw USA troops.

Hundreds of fighters from dozens of countries are in SDF custody, according to the US State Department.

On Sunday, the New York Times reported that the USA has been quietly negotiating with Iraq for weeks to allow Special Forces and support troops now operating in Syria to shift to bases in Iraq and strike ISIL from there.

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Trump's December decision to leave Syria, shocked U.S. allies and led to the resignations of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Brett McGurk, the top envoy to the anti-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) coalition.

"I was not consulted", the general said.

American military presence in Iraq is a sensitive topic, and a reminder to Iraqis of the dark chapter in their country after the US-led invasion and occupation of their country in 2003.

That is the president's plan, as he announced in December the complete withdrawal of US forces from Syria - a controversial move among his Pentagon chiefs and members of his own party.

Sabah al-Saadi, a member of parliament in the bloc led by influential anti-American Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr, has proposed a bill demanding a USA pullout. 'We have very fast airplanes, we have very good cargo planes.

"They're exhausted. Everybody's exhausted", Mr Trump said. "We can come back very quickly".

Afterward, "they will be going to our base in Iraq, and ultimately, some will be coming home", he added.

US President Donald Trump speaks at a hanger rally at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, on December 26, 2018.

Significantly, the Kurdish-led Syrian resistance forces who are fighting ISIS are essentially unable to conduct offensive operations without USA military air support, the report says.

Mr Saleh noted that under 2008 US-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement, Washington had agreed not to use Iraq "as a launching or transit point for attacks against other countries".

In June, the us and Turkey agreed to a deal called the "Manbij Roadmap" in order to prevent a Turkish invasion of the strategic Kurdish city of Manbij.

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