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

Donald Trump will keep troops in Iraq to 'watch Iran'

Donald Trump will keep troops in Iraq to 'watch Iran'

"Now, that doesn't mean we're not going to be watching with intelligence".

"With newly surfaced reports suggesting that Iraqi politicians are undertaking initiatives to force the troop withdrawal, Marandi told hosts Brian Becker and John Kiriakou that it's uncertain what response Trump's remarks will generate, given the fractured status of the Iraqi government".

One of the things the report revealed is that the US-backed militia was presumably on the brink of crushing the last IS holdout in the Euphrates Valley, but had to halt their operation when Turkey threatened to intervene against the Kurdish fighters.

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.

The US general in charge of military action in the Middle East said Tuesday that he had not been consulted before President Trump abruptly announced that American troops would be leaving Syria.

The resolution was sponsored by the Republican leader of the Senate Mitch McConnell, who said last week the measure "would acknowledge the plain fact that Al-Qaeda, ISIS and their affiliates in Syria and Afghanistan continue to pose a serious threat to our nation".

Senators gave final approval Monday to legislation opposing President Trump's Syria and Afghanistan troop withdrawals, voting overwhelmingly to urge him to revisit his plans and come up with a more careful approach. In a tweet that same day, President Donald Trump declared, "We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump presidency".

On Syria, Trump said the 2,000 USA troops in the country would leave "in a matter of time" but cited the need to protect Israel "and other things that we have" for slowing down after initially announcing an immediate pull-out.

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

When Trump announced his decision to pullout on December 19, it sent shock waves through Washington and the rest of the world.

American forces withdrew from Iraq in 2011, but returned in 2014 at the invitation of the government to help battle IS after it seized vast areas in the north and west of the country, including Iraq's second largest city, Mosul. "We can come back very quickly".

This is not the first time the Iran-backed militants in Iraq claim to have challenged the USA troops in Iraq. Abdullah said that, despite this, the partial withdrawal of US -led foreign forces would not spell the end of the world for Afghanistan.

The United States could rely heavily on intelligence work in Afghanistan, he said, and respond to developments in Syria from U.S. bases in neighbouring Iraq. "We have a base in Iraq and the base is a fantastic edifice".

But Trump's comments to CBS could undermine those negotiations by inflaming fears among Iraqis that USA military activity in Iraq will be aimed at checking Iran, and not defeating ISIL, the Times said.

Responding if he would consider leaving behind a small US military contingent in Afghanistan, the American commander-in-chief said, "Yes".

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