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06 February, 2019, 13:27 | Author: Taylor George
  • Iraq angered by Trump idea to watch Iran from US base

Deputy speaker of parliament Hassan Karim al-Kaabi, also close to Sadr, said they were a "new provocation", weeks after the usa president sparked outrage in Iraq by visiting us troops at Ain al-Asad without meeting a single Iraqi official. We have a base in Iraq and the base is a fantastic edifice.

Trump said after his first meeting with Kim in June that while he'd like to bring troops home, "that's not part of the equation right now".

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.

"Don't overburden Iraq with your own issues", Salih said.

In the CBS interview Mr Trump defended his recent decision to withdraw the 2,000 United States troops deployed in neighbouring Syria to support a Kurdish-led militia alliance seeking to capture the last pocket of IS territory there.

The latest announced withdrawal of USA forces from Syria was made by Trump on 19 December 2018, when he claimed that Daesh* has "mostly" be eliminated, so troops can return home.

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On a related issue, the State Department said this week that the US and South Korea have reached a tentative agreement on sharing the costs of keeping 28,500 American troops in South Korea, but no final deal has been signed to replace the existing agreement, which expired at the end of 2018. "The US is a major power. but do not pursue your own policy priorities, we live here".

When asked if the troops stationed in Iraq could be used to strike Iran, Mr Trump responded: "All I want to do is be able to watch". 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.

Iraqi President Barham Salih addresses the press on Monday morning.

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the military at a hangar rally at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Dec. 26, 2018.

Former Iraq Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi‏ chimed in as well, writing on Twitter: "Iraqi sovereignty must be respected. We are not proxies in conflicts outside the interests of our nation".

In December, a U.S. official said Trump was planning to withdraw more than 5,000 United States troops in Afghanistan, triggering worries about whether a smaller force would be able to fulfil missions underway and stabilise the country.

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