U.S. Should Maintain Troops in Iraq to "Watch" Iran

U.S. Should Maintain Troops in Iraq to

U.S. Should Maintain Troops in Iraq to "Watch" Iran

"Trump did not ask us to keep USA troops to watch Iran".

"With newly surfaced reports suggesting that Iraqi politicians are undertaking initiatives to force the troop withdrawal, Marandi told hosts Brian Becker and John Kiriakou that it's uncertain what response Trump's remarks will generate, given the fractured status of the Iraqi government".

"This is a key task that we are looking at right now, and that is the protection of people who have fought valiantly with us, and ensuring that they remain safe as our diplomats, the United States and others pursue a diplomatic solution", Votel replied.

Mr Trump said the United States had spent a "fortune" on the Al Asad Air Base in western Iraq, which he visited in December, and that the United States should hold on to it.

Iraqi President Barham Salih said on Monday that President Donald Trump did not ask Iraq's permission for us troops stationed there to "watch Iran".

The US has been leading a coalition to crush the Islamic State group which grabbed swathes of Syria and Iraq in 2014, and multiple offensives have since ousted the militants from all but a sliver of territory in eastern Syria.

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the US military. In a tweet that same day, President Donald Trump declared, "We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump presidency".

"Absent sustained [counter-terrorism] pressure, Isis could likely resurge in Syria within six to 12 months and regain limited territory", the report from the Pentagon's inspector general said.

CIA director Gina Haspel told the Senate Intelligence Committee last week of ISIS: 'They're still risky, ' adding that they still command 'thousands of fighters in Iraq and Syria'.

Mr Trump initially said the withdrawal from Syria should be immediate, but he has since said it would be gradual.

Trump announced in December that "all" USA forces would be leaving Syria "now".

IS militants have lost territory since Trump's surprise announcement in December that he was pulling USA forces out, but military officials warn the fighters could regroup within six months to a year after the Americans leave. The outlet also noted a "growing sentiment" held by Iraqis that USA troops should go. "We have very fast airplanes, we have very good cargo planes", he added.

A variety of Iraqi lawmakers used Trump's visit to the al-Asad base in December to call on US forces to leave the country. "We can come back very quickly".

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".

Afterward, "they will be going to our base in Iraq, and ultimately, some will be coming home", he added. He alleged PMF fighters stopped the survey operation after US troops reached the Presidential Palace area near the Mosul Hotel where a PMF headquarter is based.

The Ain al-Asad military base in Iraq to which Trump was referring was almost the site of a deadly attack over the weekend.

Washington has had troops in Iraq since the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein.

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