Iraqi President Says Trump Didn't Ask for Permission to 'Watch Iran'

Iraqi President Says Trump Didn't Ask for Permission to 'Watch Iran'

Iraqi President Says Trump Didn't Ask for Permission to 'Watch Iran'

Iraqi President Barham Salih on Monday said that President Donald Trump did not request permission from the Iraqi government to leave stationed us troops in the country for the goal of monitoring neighboring Iran.

The Republican president lamented "endless wars" in Syria and Afghanistan in an interview with CBS' Face The Nation that aired on Sunday (Feb 3) and made clear he wants to reduce the costly U.S. military presence in those countries despite warnings against such moves from his military advisers and spy chiefs.

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

"Don't overburden Iraq with your own issues", Salih said during a forum in Baghdad.

The US Senate approved by a large majority Monday an amendment critical of President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria and Afghanistan, in a sign of the deep discontent caused by the policies within his own Republican ranks.

In the next parliamentary session, lawmakers will pass a law terminating "the security agreement with America, in addition to ending the presence of American military trainers and advisors and foreigners on Iraqi soil", Kaabi declared in a statement published by the parliament. As of January, CJTF-OIR estimated only 2,000 IS fighters remaining in the group's last remaining bastion - known at the Pentagon as the Middle Euphrates River Valley (MERV) and located in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border. It is expected to reconvene in March, after a break.

The troop withdrawals vote came as part of a broader debate over US policy in the Middle East, and legislation that would specifically allow localities to refuse to do business with organizations that boycott Israel. Since pulling out of the landmark Iran nuclear deal agreed by predecessor Barack Obama, Trump has publicly shown an uncompromising attitude toward Iran and reimposed sanctions on the country.

Officially, Iraq says there are no United States bases on its soil - only instructors deployed at Iraqi bases. The political block claims it has almost a third of the parliament's support. He told CBS that he doesn't have to agree with the assessments of the intelligence community, pointing to mistaken reports of Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction.

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"Let me just say it wasn't so much a report", Trump responded.

"It is very likely that ISIS will have the opportunity to set conditions for future resurgence and territorial control", they said.

The president acknowledged in the Sunday interview that there will still be "pockets" of fighters, but said, "You're not going to keep armies there because you have a few people or you even have fairly reasonable numbers of people".

In Afghanistan, he emphasized, "We'll come back if we have to". "We'll come back if we have to".

The U.S. President Donald Trump has said that he will leave intelligence in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of the U.S. forces from the country.

"We spent a fortune on building this incredible base".

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

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. He said the constitution forbids the use of Iraq as a base to threaten the interests or security of neighboring countries.

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