Follow-up / Sky Press
Newspaper, The Washington Times, Wednesday, for the start of a serious beginning of the month of May the current secret negotiations between the US President, Donald Trump and the Iraqi government administration to keep US troops in the country, noting that Washington faces a new challenge to deal with Iraq, Obama failed to get an agreement concerning about US troops stay in Iraq after the defeat of “Daesh”.
The newspaper quoted her in her report, senior US officials as saying that “the negotiations between Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and American officials on the new status of forces agreement began in earnest and the secret of this month.”
The newspaper added that “the Convention will determine the legal and diplomatic factors that will be the long-term US military presence in the country and avoid a power vacuum that developed after the withdrawal of US troops end of 2011 to occur.”
She explained that the “sensitive issue in Iraq, while insisting Abadi this month as combat troops in the country will not be after the defeat of Daesh though the Iraqi and US sides talked about the continuation of a long-term military role in the country,” noting that “for the approval of the security adviser Barzani of the Kurdistan region, where pleased noted during his visit to Washington that he and his father, Massoud Barzani would support an agreement allowing US troops to stay in Kurdistan after the liberation of Mosul. ”
The report said that “Despite the continuing fears of internal unrest in Iraq and in the region, the road to a new agreement on the status of US troops remains a political danger as analysts pointed out that al-Abadi’s comments reflect the political tension and that he would go with some factions in the Iraqi government to complete the forces agreement with Washington rather than the death knell for any agreement on the status of those forces. ”
The paper quoted a senior US analyst at Hritad Foundation for Middle East Affairs Jim Phillips was quoted as saying that “the political situation is volatile and that the public discourse presented by Abadi may give him space with Massoud Barzani and other intermediaries to start secret negotiations with the Trump administration.”
Phillips added that “among the characters that will have a significant impact on the talks, former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and former President Jalal Talabani and Mr. Muqtada al-Sadr also among the figures, which also will have a significant impact Interior Minister Qasim al-Araji, and Defense Minister Irfan Hayali.”