Trump mulls leaving intelligence in Afghanistan after withdrawal of troops

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

But during his visit to the Iraqi air base Trump said he had "no plans at all" to remove USA forces from Iraq.

US President Donald Trump's pledge on Sunday to keep American troops in Iraq has been condemned as "an insult" to national sovereignty, fuelling growing calls for Baghdad to expel "foreign forces".

United States troops who stay in Iraq will also keep an eye on Syria, the president added.

"I'm not telegraphing anything", Trump told CBS' Margaret Brennan, according to a transcript of the interview published by CBS News.

Salih tells Trump: "Don't overburden Iraq with your own issues... do not pursue your own policy priorities, we live here."We have an unbelievable and expensive military base built in Iraq". "We might as well keep it".

"All I want to do is be able to watch".

This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network. After lamenting on the campaign trail that the US should have seized Iraqi oil fields, Trump raised to former Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi the possibility of compensating America with oil for its involvement.

The US has been leading a coalition to crush the Islamic State group which grabbed swathes of Syria and Iraq in 2014, and multiple offensives have since ousted the jihadists from all but a sliver of territory in eastern Syria.

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"Iran is our neighbor", the Iraqi leader said.

Syrian schoolchildren walk as US troops patrol near Turkish border in Hasakah, Syria on November 4, 2018.

CENTCOM's response to the Inspector General's office came on January 16, 2019 almost a month after Trump's surprise announcement that he was ordering the withdrawal of US troops from Syria after the USA "won against ISIS", he said. "I told him, 'Give me a letter, '" Trump said.

"Well I don't want to say that".

"If the United States is perceived as being in Iraq not exclusively to assist the Iraqi forces in [the] fight against ISIS, it will strengthen the hand of those who oppose the U.S. presence", said David Witty, a retired USA special forces colonel.

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

A variety of Iraqi lawmakers used Trump's visit to the al-Asad base in December to call on USA forces to leave the country.

Mr Saleh noted that under 2008 US-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement, Washington had agreed not to use Iraq "as a launching or transit point for attacks against other countries".

Abadi added that the USA participation in the anti-Islamic State global coalition is mainly meant to serve the purposes of logistic support, intelligence and military training, not to endanger Iraqi sovereignty. Iraqi military personnel discovered and managed to defuse three Grad rockets pointed at the base set with electronic timers. "We are not proxies outside the interests of our nation".

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