Iraq angered by Trump idea to watch Iran from U.S. base

Iraq angered by Trump idea to watch Iran from U.S. base

Iraq angered by Trump idea to watch Iran from U.S. base

We have an unbelievable and expensive military base built in Iraq.

President Trump's plans to pull USA troops out of Syria and Afghanistan have been dealt a blow by Republican senators, who voted overwhelmingly to oppose one of his main foreign policies before his state of the union address.

Votel confirmed he was among those left in the dark, telling the Senate panel: "I was not aware of the specific announcement". "We might as well keep it", he said, referring to the Ain al-Asad airbase in western Iraq that he visited in December a year ago.

The withdrawal will fulfill Trump's goal of bringing troops home from Syria, but military leaders have pushed back for months, arguing that ISIL remains a threat and could regroup.

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

And Votel replied, "We were not".

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who rarely breaks from Trump, introduced the non-binding amendment passed on Tuesday.

US President Donald Trump's recent remarks about US soldiers staying in Iraq to keep an eye on neighboring Iran was a "foolish statement", Mohammad Marandi, an expert on American studies and postcolonial literature who teaches at the University of Tehran, told Sputnik.

He gave the committee assurances that the USA will seek to protect the US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces, who have led the fight against ISIS in Syria, and the Syrian-Kurdish fighters within the SDF.

As President Donald Trump prepares to reaffirm in Tuesday night's State of the Union address both victory over the Islamic State and a call for withdrawing American troops from foreign battlefields, a new Pentagon report says the terrorist group is still strong and would get stronger once us troops leave Syria.

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Don't overburden Iraq with your own issues.

The president said he planned to keep a small contingent of troops in Afghanistan for "real intelligence" purposes and said USA forces would return to that country if necessary.

While US forces have been key to the rollback of the jihadis onslaught in Iraq in 2014, both independent and Iran-backed Iraqi political groups have been increasingly calling for ending foreign military deployment in the country. The a major power. but we do not pursue your own policy priorities.

Some of the forces moving out of Syria will go to Iraq, where they can monitor any resurgence of Islamic State or other militant group and "ultimately some will be coming home", Trump said.

When asked by Brennan if he trusted the intelligence given to him, Trump said that he would disagree with reports if they claimed Iran was a "wonderful kindergarten".

US officials have said Trump was also in the "process of evaluating" whether to withdraw some troops from Afghanistan, where they have been since 2001.

Trump's decision to leave Syria, which he initially said would be rapid but later slowed down, shocked USA allies led to the resignations of Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and the top envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition, Brett McGurk.

Trump's administration has labelled Iran the greatest state sponsor of terror and the primary destabilizing influence in the Middle East.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted to require President Donald Trump to impose new sanctions on Syria, in a rebuke delivered just hours before the president is expected to defend his policies during his State of the Union address.

On Monday, the Pentagon's Inspector General for the USA military mission in Syria, which is dubbed Operation Inherent Resolve, released a quarterly report covering the time period from October 1 to December 31.

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