Iraqi president says Trump did not ask permission to 'watch Iran'

Iraqi president says Trump did not ask permission to 'watch Iran'

Iraqi president says Trump did not ask permission to 'watch Iran'

On Monday, several Iraqi officials and politicians said the effort to expel the usa forces is gaining momentum following Trump's comments during a CBS interview.

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

"We have a base in Iraq and the base is a fantastic edifice". "Iraq does not want to be a party or axis to any conflict between multiple countries".

Mr Trump said the United States had spent a "fortune" on the Al Asad Air Base in western Iraq, which he visited in December, and that the United States should hold on to it.

He also stressed that "it is of fundamental interest for Iraq to have good relations with Iran" and other immediate neighbours. However, in the same breath he decried the length, casualties, and expense of "endless" USA wars and nation building in the Middle East, arguing that "w$3 hat we're doing is got to stop at some point".

"This war. What we're doing is got to stop at some point, ' Trump told CBS" "Face the Nation" on Sunday. "We might as well keep it", he said.

Asked if he meant he wanted to be able to strike Iran, Trump replied: "No, because I want to be able to watch Iran".

In this January 27, 2018, file photo, U.S. Army soldiers speak to families in rural Anbar province on a reconnaissance patrol near a coalition outpost in western Iraq.

Trump on Saturday said he wanted to keep American soldiers in Iraq to "watch Iran", but official agreements between the U.S. and Iraq limit their remit to fighting terrorist groups such as the Islamic State and providing training and tactical advice to Iraqi forces.

The report also said that "DoD provided only limited responses and was not able to answer a number of questions, including whether or not Turkish forces, Syrian regime forces, or [the USA -backed] Syrian Democratic Forces have the capability and intent to ensure the enduring defeat of ISIS in Syria".

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Trump did not meet any Iraqi officials during his three-hour long stay there.

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 past year.

Earlier this month, the leader of one of Iraq's most powerful Iranian-backed Shiite militias told The Associated Press in an interview that he expects a vote in the coming months by Iraq's parliament calling for the withdrawal of US troops.

He blamed the intelligence services for America's involvement in Iraq. "It is a vicious country that kills many people", Trump said.

"We think that building strong relations with the USA for the benefit of the two peoples is important", said a senior Iraqi diplomat, who requested anonymity to speak frankly on a sensitive subject.

He played down the danger of an extremist resurgence, but said, "We'll come back if we have to". It is something Mr Trump referred to when he visited the base in December.

Iraq's deputy parliament speaker quickly responded to Trump's comments, saying the American president had committed a "blatant and overt violation of sovereignty and national will" by declaring the U.S. would use Iraqi soil to spy on neighbours.

Combating Iranian influence in the region has emerged as the cornerstone of the Trump administration's Middle East policy.

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.

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