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Trump comments spark Iraqi demands for US exit

Trump comments spark Iraqi demands for US exit

US President Donald Trump on Sunday disputed American intelligence services' assessments of the threat posed by Iran and said he "does not necessarily agree" with their analysis. We're fighting harder than ever before.

Deputy speaker of parliament Hassan Karim al-Kaabi, also close to Sadr, said they were a "new provocation", weeks after the USA president sparked outrage in Iraq by visiting United States troops at Ain al-Asad without meeting a single Iraqi official.

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

In the CBS interview, he played down the danger of an extremist resurgence but said "we'll come back if we have to".

"So when my intelligence people tell me how wonderful Iran is - if you don't mind, I'm going to just go by my own counsel".

"Don't overburden Iraq with your own issues", Salih said of the US' growing tensions with Iran. "There are only Iraqi bases where some USA and non-US soldiers are present". Bloomberg's Riad Hamade reports on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Middle East".

Mr Trump said the United States had spent a "fortune" on the Al Asad Air Base in western Iraq, which he visited in December, and that the United States should hold on to it.

The US' intelligence services had said that the then Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction that became the basis of American invasion in the middle east nation.

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He added a small contingent of troops will also be kept in Afghanistan for "real intelligence" purposes.

Trump's withdrawal decisions have faced Senate rebuke and testimony from intelligence chiefs that contradicts his arguments for pulling troops out of Syria and Afghanistan.

USA forces have also helped the Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces with the battle for the last IS outposts ongoing in eastern Syria.

Israeli officials have pointed to the al-Tanf base in southern Syria, near the borders with Iraq and Jordan, as key to curbing Iranian attempts to smuggle weapons to Syria and Lebanon.

In Afghanistan, he emphasized, "We'll come back if we have to". We have an unbelievable and expensive military base built in Iraq.

Iraqi legislators told Reuters news agency that the two leaders had disagreed over where their planned meeting should take place: Trump had asked to meet at the military base, an offer Mahdi declined.

"I'll leave intelligence there and if I see nests forming, I'll do something about it", he said, adding that the Taliban "want peace". "And these- I've rarely seen anything like it". We have very fast airplanes, we have very good cargo planes.


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