USA troops do not have permission to 'watch Iran', says Baghdad

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"This war. What we're doing is got to stop at some point, ' Trump told CBS" "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

"We're going to be there, and we're going to be staying".

Salih's comments came hours after Trump appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation" claiming troops were in Iraq to keep tabs on 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 US troops in the country in its next session. It is expected to reconvene in March, after a break.

Trump's remarks on monitoring Iran by way of Baghdad also appear to violate the basis of USA involvement in the region.

In a report released on Monday, the Pentagon Inspector General said Islamic State remained an active insurgent group and was regenerating functions and capabilities more quickly in Iraq than Syria.


In Iraq, Iran is backing mainly Shiite militias of the Hashd al-Shaabi who fought in the war against ISIS and have gained ground politically, entering the parliament where they hope to build pressure to force the Americans to leave the country.

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.

The measure says ISIS and al-Qaeda militants still pose a serious threat to the United States, and it warns that "a precipitous withdrawal" of US forces from those countries could "allow terrorists to regroup, destabilize critical regions and create vacuums that could be filled by Iran or Russian Federation".

Trump said he disagrees with the assessment of his intelligence leaders that Iran is abiding by the nuclear deal.

"This is the process working the way it was meant to, for the (president) to raise these issues and then discussions take place", Risch said. "We might as well keep it", he said.

We never had Syria because President Obama never wanted to violate the red line in the sand. When he introduced the amendment last week, McConnell said "ISIS and al-Qaeda have yet to be defeated". "But you're not going to keep armies there because you have a few people". If Sunni socio-economic, political, and sectarian grievances are not adequately addressed by the national and local governments of Iraq and Syria it is very likely that ISIS will have the opportunity to set conditions for future resurgence and territorial control.


"We'll come back if we have to". We have very fast airplanes, we have very good cargo planes.

But our correspondent says the United States president's latest references to Iran and the need to protect Israel point to a very different set of priorities, which is causing unease in Baghdad.

Trump said the United States spent a fortune on a base in Iraq.

"Use of American military bases in Iraq to target neighboring countries contradicts with the Iraqi constitution", former Iraqi PM Haider al Abadi warns Trump. His visit sparked outrage in Iraq when he failed to meet with any Iraqi officials.

The New York Times reported the U.S. has been quietly negotiating with Iraq for weeks to allow USA special forces and support troops now operating in Syria to shift to bases in Iraq and strike the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) from there.


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