Iraqi President Says Trump Did Not Ask Permission To 'Watch Iran'

06 Février, 2019, 08:23 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Iraqi President Says Trump Did Not Ask Permission To 'Watch Iran'

"It's perfectly situated for looking at all over different parts of the troubled Middle East rather than pulling up", Trump said.

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

Trump has indicated he wants to bring home some or all of the 14,000 American troops in Afghanistan, and a USA envoy is having talks with Taliban insurgents even though they refuse to deal with the country's government.

"One of the reasons I want to keep it is because I want to be looking a little bit at Iran because Iran is a real problem", Trump said, referring to USA military bases in Iraq.

"ISIS remains an active insurgent group in both Iraq and Syria", the command wrote. Iran has been deepening its influence in Iraq since the U.S.'s 2003 invasion.

A USA -led coalition has eliminated some 99 percent of the territory in Syria and Iraq that the Islamic State, or ISIS, once claimed as its so-called caliphate.

But lawmakers expressed what Republican Senator Roger Wicker of MS called "bipartisan concern" about "the cost of getting it wrong as we withdraw from both Syria and Afghanistan".

Votel, the departing CENTCOM chief, said in his testimony that the White House did not provide warning ahead of Trump's decision to pull out of Syria.

"I was not consulted", he added.

On Monday, the Pentagon's Inspector General for the USA military mission in Syria, which is dubbed Operation Inherent Resolve, released a quarterly report covering the time period from October 1 to December 31.

Iraqi President Says Trump Did Not Ask Permission To 'Watch Iran'

According to two USA officials, the number of US personnel inside Syria has increased to 3,000 as additional personnel have entered Syria to prepare for the exit of troops and equipment.

According to the report, U.S. Central Command believes that IS fighters will continue to conduct "opportunistic attacks" on U.S. troops as they withdraw.

"I don't consider this to be either time-based or conditions-based", said Votel.

Trump's decision to wind-down in Syria sparked the resignation of his former defence secretary Jim Mattis and has raised serious doubts about the prospects for the Syrian Kurds.

Opponents included every senator considering a 2020 presidential run, and four Republicans, who said USA foreign policy needs a rethink. He added that details about the pace of that withdrawal are now being developed with US allies and partners. We've beaten them and we've beaten them badly.

There are an 5,000 estimated U.S. military personnel in Iraq authorised to train, advise and assist Iraqi security forces in their fight against IS, which has not fully controlled any territory in the country for more than a year.

Shortly after announcing the pullout, the USA demanded Turkey guarantee the safety of the Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria when America leaves the region.

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

Trump also said he plans to transfer some of the American troops stationed in Syria to Iraq.

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