3 hours ago | Wrote: Agencies
An archival portrait of Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Archive photo
The Pentagon said that US confidence in the Iraqi army is still complete and relations between the two sides will not change despite the victory of the Sadrist movement in the last parliamentary.
The head of the Central Command of US forces in the Middle East, General Joseph Fotil, told AFP on Friday, in response to a question on the possible deterioration of relations with the Iraqi army in the event of receipt of the movement of Moqtada al-Sadr, the Prime Minister, US forces Iraq: “We have very strong relations with the Iraqi security forces .. Their soldiers like our soldiers are far from politics, they focused on the security of the elections, and I think they did a good job .. So I am not worried about our relations with the Iraqi security forces because of the elections» .
“The priority for them is to ensure the protection of their people and to improve the capabilities and professionalism of their forces,” he said.
The US general said the withdrawal of the United States from the Iranian nuclear agreement has had no impact on the ground in Iraq. “We are certainly watching closely any possible action from Iran or its allied groups in the region, but we have not seen any movement,” he said.
Sadr called for the departure of US forces after defeating the organization of “Da’ash” classified as an international terrorist, which the Iraqi government is fighting with the support of the US-led coalition.
But US Defense Secretary James Matisse said Tuesday that Washington respects the results of the Iraqi elections. “We will wait for the final results of the elections and we respect the decisions of the Iraqi people,” he said.