Published: Wed, February 06, 2019
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

United States commander says he was 'not consulted' on decision to leave Syria

United States commander says he was 'not consulted' on decision to leave Syria

He said the usa base in Iraq is "perfectly situated for looking at all over different parts of the troubled Middle East".

"This is a key task that we are looking at right now, and that is the protection of people who have fought valiantly with us, and ensuring that they remain safe as our diplomats, the United States and others pursue a diplomatic solution", Votel replied. Jack Reed said administration's "contradictory statements" on a Syria withdrawal, "underscore that this decision was anything but thoughtful and deliberate".

"The troops...in Iraq are operating based on the agreement between the government of Iraq and the United States for the specific mission of combating terrorism", Salih said during a Monday interview with The Daily Beast in Baghdad.

He added: "Any action taken outside this framework is unacceptable".

Don't overburden Iraq with your own issues. But the decision continues to draw widespread criticism, and the commander of U.S. Central Command is now saying that he "was not consulted" prior to Trump's announcement.

Iraq is in a hard position as tensions between its two biggest allies, the United States and Iran, increase.

The Iraq Report is a weekly feature at The New Arab. "It's hard to say because the Iraqi government is very fragmented". "We're going to have a strong border".

"He didn't ask Iraq about this", Salih said Monday.

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"We consider such remarks as a threat to our national interests and security of our country and Baghdad will never allow such a thing", the political figure remarked. Shiite-led Iran has strongly backed fellow Shiites who assumed power in Iraq after the 2003 USA -led invasion deposed a regime headed by minority Sunni Muslims under dictator Saddam Hussein.

"We'll come back if we have to", he said.

Iraqi Deputy Speaker of Parliament Hassan Karim al-Kaabi, also close to Sadr, said they were a "new provocation", weeks after Trump sparked outrage in Iraq by visiting U.S. troops at Ain al-Asad without meeting a single Iraqi official.

Hassan al-Kaabi, the first deputy speaker of the Iraqi parliament, issued a statement Sunday saying parliament would work on a bill to end the presence of USA troops in the country in its next session. Iraqi military personnel discovered and managed to defuse three Grad rockets pointed at the base set with electronic timers. But he added that he and others in the high command knew in general terms of Trump's "desire and intent in the past to depart Iraq, depart Syria".

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

But Trump's planned meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi was canceled over a dispute about the location of the meeting.

He appeared to referring to al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq, where the majority of the American troops in the country are located and where Trump made his unannounced visit the day after Christmas.

Starting this week, the new Congress is stepping up its oversight of US military operations in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa, and the planned drawdowns of troops from several of those places. ISIS would depict a USA pullout from Syria as a win in its global propaganda outlets. There are few US troops on the ground actually fighting or providing targeting information.

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