Trump wants to keep US military in Iraq to 'watch' Iran
05 February, 2019, 02:14
Trump told CBS's Face the Nation the 2,000 USA troops in the country to assist local forces would leave "in a matter of time", and cited the need to "protect Israel and other things that we have" for slowing down - after initially announcing an immediate pull-out.
Iraqi President Barham Salih on Monday rejected a plan floated by President Trump that calls for keeping US forces in Iraq to "watch" neighboring Iran, saying the United States should not burden Iraq with its own "policy priorities".
Nobody home: The counter-Iran aspect of Trump's Iraq policy creates challenges for the USA administration, since very few officials are left to deal specifically with Baghdad.
Salih also said it in Iraq's "fundamental interest to develop good relations with our neighbors, including Iran".
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. "And one of the reasons I want to keep it is because I want to be looking a little bit at Iran because Iran is a real problem", he said in an apparent reference to Ayn al Asad Air Base in western Iraq, which he visited during an unannounced trip to the country in December.
"We spent a fortune on building this incredible base, we might as well keep it". Bloomberg's Riad Hamade reports on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Middle East".
In the CBSinterview Mr Trump defended his recent decision to withdraw the 2,000 United States troops deployed in neighbouring Syria to support a Kurdish-led militia alliance seeking to capture the last pocket of IS territory there.
Asked if that meant he wanted to be able to launch a strike on Iran, Mr Trump said, "No, because I want to be able to watch Iran".
The heartwarming moment Prince Harry spent with a young boxer
A van will now drive around Bristol delivering the packed food as well as condoms, advice, blankets and hot water bottles. While the former Meghan Markle's idea was very cute, she isn't the first person to write happy messages on banana peels.
That is the president's plan, as he announced in December the complete withdrawal of US forces from Syria - a controversial move among his Pentagon chiefs and members of his own party.
"President Bush had intel people that said Saddam Hussein in Iraq had nuclear weapons - had all sorts of weapons of mass destruction", Trump told Brennan.
In case Washington decides to raid Iran or Syria from Iraq, the Kata'ib Hezbollah will "cut off its hands", the spokesman added.
He appeared to be referring to the Al-Asad air base in western Iraq, where he paid a brief visit to USA forces in December.
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 US -backed] Syrian Democratic Forces have the capability and intent to ensure the enduring defeat of ISIS in Syria".
Iraq is in a hard position as tensions between its two biggest allies, the United States and Iran, increase. Iran has been deepening its influence in Iraq since the U.S.'s 2003 invasion. "They're exhausted. Everybody's exhausted".
"Memories of occupation are still fresh, and we're rubbing salt on that", Douglas Ollivant, a former National Security Council director for Iraq, told Al-Monitor.
Bowlen's Broncos have had as many Super Bowl appearances as losing seasons - seven - since Bowlen purchased the team in 1984. Law now becomes the first Patriots player from the early years of the Belichick-Brady dynasty to earn a bust in Canton.
CDC data show 90 percent of people who are unvaccinated near someone who is infected will contract the disease. One vaccine provides 93 per cent immunity from measles, and two shots provide 97 per cent protection.
Deb Fischer, expressed strong support for the USA withdrawal from what has been, "a one-sided agreement for far too long". She said in a tweet and a video message about the INF treaty that Russian Federation is to blame for its demise.
When Kovacic got ready to come on in the 70th minute, most inside Stamford Bridge thought the same thing - "Barkley will be off". He's a bit less of a target man than [Olivier] Giroud, but he can hold the ball, he can play one touches.
New Zealand though has already lost the series, and any result of the final ODI won't alter the destiny of the series. The team management might also want to test Mohammed Siraj as Khaleel Ahmed wasn't very impressive in the last game.
Jorginho tends to have a huge amount of the ball in Sarri's set-up but his lack of assists has led to his role being questioned. I don't understand why. "I need to speak to my players and involve them more than I am doing at the moment".
It is even more important if you smoke, as apart from lung cancer , it is also a reason for bladder cancer . While seeking new multidisciplinary treatments, we need to learn how to prevent and screen cancer .
Millions of people will be watching the Super Bowl just to see all of the commercials airing during the game. And that doesn't even rank among the sharpest increases for hotels in cities hosting the Super Bowl .
Damyean Dotson scored 22 points and Kevin Knox had 21 for the hapless Knicks, who lost a team record 13th straight home game. For Knicks fans across the league, I think Max Kellerman can sympathize with all the frustrations.
Rams Cheerleaders Making History At The Super Bowl
The Los Angeles Rams have two male cheerleaders who are becoming the first male cheerleaders to be at the Super Bowl. CBS All Access does have a free trial period, but you need to provide credit card or payment information.
Mahomes wins top offensive player after historic '18
Mahomes also became the first NFL MVP drafted by the Chiefs , and the first NFL MVP for Andy Reid while he has been a head coach. Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard won AP Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.
Info given to indicted Russian company improperly used
USA prosecutors are locked in a dispute with attorneys for a company called Concord over how to share highly sensitive evidence. You can view all the files Mueller had about the [Internet Research Agency] and Russian collusion.