Trump didn't ask for permission to 'watch Iran': Iraqi president

Posted February 05, 2019

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

On Monday, Iraqi President Barham Salih told a forum in Baghdad that Trump did not ask Iraq's permission for United States troops stationed there to "watch Iran".

Critics have said that a vacuum left by the departure of usa troops from Syria, where they are assisting a Syrian Arab and Kurdish alliance fighting against fighters of the extremist group Islamic State (IS) and other forces, could result in a resurgence of the IS and Al-Qaeda in the war-torn country or neighboring Iraq.

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet the military at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, on December 26, 2018.

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He said the US base in Iraq is "perfectly situated for looking at all over different parts of the troubled Middle East". "We have a base in Iraq and the base is a fantastic edifice", he said.

After Trump made an unannounced visit to an air base in western Iraq in December, some Iraqi lawmakers pledged to draft a bill calling for the expulsion of American forces altogether, while others called for revising an agreement to significantly draw down the approximately 5,200 American troops in the country.

"I want to be able to watch Iran". However, Turkey's Islamist president, Recep Erdogan, called the demand "a very serious mistake" and flatly told U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton, "We can not make any concessions in this regard". "We'll be at 100", said the president, who was expected to make the announcement during his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday.

"We find these comments odd", said Barham Salih, speaking at a forum in Baghdad.

'Absent sustained [counterterrorism] pressure, ISIS could likely resurge in Syria within six to twelve months, ' read the IG report on Operation Inherent Resolve, which is the name for US operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

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He also also seemed to downplay his fierce criticisms of intelligence leaders, especially of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's Worldwide Threat Assessment.

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have been high since Trump pulled the United States out of the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, and imposed crippling economic sanctions against Tehran previous year. "In other words, we had Iraq".

While singling out the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as "tenacious fighters, " the Inspector-General noted the threat of a Turkish invasion against these US -backed forces, as Ankara views them to be linked to Turkish separatists.

He blamed the intelligence services for America's involvement in Iraq. There are few US troops on the ground actually fighting or providing targeting information. "Every single one of them was caused by the number one terrorist nation in the world, which is Iran", Trump said.

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