Published: Wed, February 06, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Iraqi president hits back at Trump over U.S. army presence

Iraqi president hits back at Trump over U.S. army presence

The report, which covers October through December 2018, also includes a classified section that was provided to Congress and includes a more detailed Pentagon assessment on the impact of the troops withdrawal and the status of ISIS militants and other foreign fighters in Syria.

When asked by Brennan if he trusted the intelligence given to him, Trump said that he would disagree with reports if they claimed Iran was a "wonderful kindergarten".

"This is what a lot of people don't understand", added Trump."We're going to keep watching, and we're going to keep seeing, and if there's trouble-if somebody is looking to do nuclear weapons or other things-we're going to know it before they do".

All I want to do is be able to watch.

In Iraq, Iran is backing mainly Shiite militias of the Hashd al-Shaabi who fought in the war against ISIS and have gained ground politically, entering the parliament where they hope to build pressure to force the Americans to leave the country.

Trump's tough stance toward Iran is a hallmark his foreign policy. But the SDF is "heavily reliant" on USA military support and "unable to conduct offensive operations" that are "meaningful" without American air power, the report said.

'We do have to keep pressure on this network.

On Dec. 20, the day after the president made the Syria withdrawal announcement, then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned, stating that Trump as commander-in-chief should have a defense secretary whose views are "better aligned" with his own.

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

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the US military.

Shortly after announcing the pullout, the USA demanded Turkey guarantee the safety of the Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria when America leaves the region.

The US-led coalition, known as the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) had "low confidence" in those estimates as of last July, the report said.

The Senate voted 70-26 in favor of a non-binding amendment, drafted by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying it was the sense of the Senate that Islamist militant groups in both countries still pose a "serious threat" to the United States.

Those negotiations, he adds, have been based on the premise that Al Asad would be used to continue the fight against IS.

Separately, the USA called on nations around the world to take back their citizens who fought for Islamic State and are now being held by the SDF in Syria. Many Iraqi officials saw the visit and the Trump's comments as affronts to Iraq's sovereignty.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi said at the time that the American president's visit had broken conditions set by Baghdad.

"We're at 99 percent right now, we'll be at 100", he said on CBS' "Face the Nation". He alleged PMF fighters stopped the survey operation after US troops reached the Presidential Palace area near the Mosul Hotel where a PMF headquarter is based. The outlet also noted a "growing sentiment" held by Iraqis that US troops should go.

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