On 3 February the President of United States Donald Trump announced that a number of solders moving out from Syria would move to US base in Iraq in order “to be able to watch Iran”. During an interview in CBS TV channel Trump referring to the US base in Iraq stated that “We might as well keep it. 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”. On 4 February the Iraqi President Barham Salih answered declaring that President Trump “did not ask Iraq’s permission for US troops stationed there to watch Iran” as Al Jazeera reported. He explained that the presence of US troops in Iraq is part of a mission against terrorism and by consequence any action taken outside that framework is unacceptable. The Iraqi PM added that Iraq has a fundamental interest in maintaining good relations with Iran.
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