Iraq angered by Trump idea to watch Iran from USA base

06 February, 2019, 11:16 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
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Admitting the withdrawal of American troops in Syria could trigger a resurgence of ISIS in the region, President Trump asserted, "We'll come back if we have to".

Senior Republican leaders and a number of key Democrats said they want a delay and reevaluation of Trump's order to withdraw United States special forces from Syria.

"I was not aware of the specific announcement". "Certainly, we are aware that he had expressed a desire and intent in the past to depart".

When Trump announced that U.S. troops would withdraw from Syria in December he declared in a video released on Twitter that "We have won against ISIS".

Votel also rebuffed the president's assertion in the same interview that the USA will hold a base in Iraq because "I want to be able to watch Iran", a rationale that has provoked an uproar in Afghanistan.

Votel responded, "We were not - I was not consulted".

American troops have been based in Iraq since the 2003 US-led invasion, which toppled dictator Saddam Hussein.

Trump offered no specifics about when he would bring home the 14,000 United States troops now in Afghanistan.

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Recently appearing on CBS program "Face the Nation", Trump told journalist Margaret Brennan that he wanted to have U.S. servicemembers stay in Iraq because he wants to keep a watchful eye on Iran.

"We do have to keep pressure on this network". There have been no reports to date of us troops leaving Syria. If the meeting takes place as planned, it will be Trump's second time coming face-to-face with Kim over the a year ago. He added that he would wait for clarifications from Washington on the numbers and nature of the US troops' mission in his country.

The IG report's warnings about ISIS's remaining strength mirror a worldwide threat assessment presented on January 29 to the Senate Intelligence Committee by Coats and other senior US intelligence chiefs.

Central Command said that the Islamic State group is "regenerating key functions and capabilities more quickly in Iraq than in Syria", but unless there is sustained counterterrorism pressure, IS militants "could likely resurge in Syria within six to twelve months and regain limited territory" in the Middle Euphrates River Valley.

Shortly after announcing the pullout, the USA demanded Turkey guarantee the safety of the Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria when America leaves the region. He added that details about the pace of that withdrawal are now being developed with US allies and partners.

According to the Pentagon, while US -backed Syrian forces have continued the fight to retake the remaining ISIS strongholds in Syria, ISIS remains a "potent force of battle-hardened and well-disciplined fighters that could likely resurge in Syria absent continued counterterrorism pressure", the report reads.

The bill, which passed in a 77-23 vote on Tuesday, says U.S. states can "divest" from contractors they disagree with on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.



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