The US ambassador to Iraq, Douglas Soliman, has asked Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohamed Halboussi not to pass the law to remove foreign troops from Iraq, according to informed political sources, noting that “Halabousi gave verbal approval to the ambassador.”
“The US is planning to keep its troops in Iraq for as long as possible,” the sources told The Journal News. “The visit of US President Donald Trump was for that reason, and he announced that he was not considering taking US troops out of Iraq and using it as a key base.”
“The American ambassador told Halaboussi that the US embassy is closely monitoring the political process in Iraq and has followed up the reactions after Trump’s visit to the Ain al-Assad base and his attempt to meet Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi,” she said.
The draft law provides for the removal of all foreign forces from Iraq, including the Kurdistan region of Iraq, the support of Iraqi forces, the formation of the Ministry of the Interior and popular mobilization factions, strengthening the capabilities of the air force and building air defense systems capable of securing the country and signing defense agreements with neighboring countries and friendly countries. , Without being mentioned.
It is worth mentioning that America introduced its military forces into Iraq in two stages. The first during the invasion of this country in 2003, and Washington was forced to withdraw its troops at the end of 2011, and in late 2008 an agreement called the “Strategic Framework Agreement” and included paragraphs allowing it to keep part of Forces in Iraq to train the military and security forces of the country.
After the terrorist organization Da’ash entered and occupied large areas of Iraq in June 2014, America took advantage of the opportunity to re-establish its military forces under the pretext of supporting it in the face of a “push” within the framework of the so-called “International Alliance” led by Washington.