Iraqi politicians, lawmakers denounce Trump visit, U.S. troop presence

Iraqi politicians, lawmakers denounce Trump visit, U.S. troop presence

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"Having stated, during a surprise visit to Iraq that he meant to keep a military base in that country as an advanced springboard for actions in Syria, US President Donald Trump is trying to have it both ways". According to NPR, Trump and Mahdi had planned to meet, but this fell apart after he asked the prime minister to leave the capital city of Baghdad and meet him in Al Asad - a request Iraqis found disrespectful to their sovereignty.

Sanders emphasised that President Trump and the prime minister had a good call and that Trump invited the prime minister to visit the White House and the prime minister accepted. I don't see too many hands.

The outcry came after the surprise visit by US President Donald Trump this week. He told reporters and the troops on the ground that he has no plans to withdrawal American forces anytime soon.

In Iraq following the visit, pro-Iran lawmakers called for the government to expel United States forces.

Still, the USA and Iraq developed considerable military and intelligence ties in the war against IS, and they continue to pay off in operations against militants gone into hiding. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

Iraq's militias, also known as the PMF, many of which are supported by Iran, oppose the presence of USA troops in the region.

Trump told reporters he had overruled generals asking to extend the Syria deployment, where about 2,000 U.S. forces, joined by other foreign troops, assist local fighters battling the Islamic State jihadist group.

"You can't have any more time".

Some of his advisers had suggested 2, 3 or 4%, he said, adding that he had made clear that this was not enough: "I said: 'No".

Both visited American troops in the country, with Obama meeting them inside a palace built by Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, while Trump visited an air base.

Al-Shimiri said Trump's visit "violated several diplomatic norms".

"Dealing with Iraq and its sovereignty in this way will harm Iraqi-US relations", he said.

Now Iraqi politicians are slamming the visit, especially the pro-Iranian groups.

Iraq's political instability, irreconcilable Sunnis, and economic challenges all point to fertile ground for ISIS to re-emerge like a deadly cancer if the USA and Iraq don't take effective countermeasures. "I'm going to a war zone", he had said.

Qais Khazali, the head of the Iran-backed Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia that fought key battles against IS in northern Iraq, promised on Twitter that Parliament would vote to expel US forces from Iraq, or the militias would force them out by "other means".

The Iraqi response, he said, "would be the parliament´s decision to remove your military forces" unilaterally.

The drawdowns - and the abrupt way that they were announced - helped lead to the resignation of Trump's defense secretary, Jim Mattis, who has been one of the administration's heavyweights.

USA troops have been fighting in Afghanistan for 17 years and in Iraq for 15 years, making these the longest wars in American history.

The Islamic State group, which once controlled swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria, has been driven mostly into hiding. "In fact, we could use this as a base if we wanted to do something in Syria". Speaking to troops, he defended his decision to withdraw from Syria: 'We've knocked them out.

But Iraq is a special case, according to Iraqi political analyst Hisham al-Hashemi. "We won", Trump said in a video message on Twitter.

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