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Trump comments spark Iraqi demands for US exit

Trump comments spark Iraqi demands for US exitIraqi politicians on Monday hit back at Donald Trump after the US president said he plans to keep American forces in the country to spy on Iran. In an interview with CBS television, Trump reaffirmed his determination to pull the United States out of “endless wars” in Syria and Afghanistan but said American troops would stay on in Iraq, partly “to be looking a little bit at Iran”. “The Iraqi constitution rejects the use of Iraq as a base for hitting or attacking a neighbouring country,” President Barham Saleh said.



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Iraqi president hits back at Trump over US army presence

Iraqi president hits back at Trump over US army presenceBAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's president hit back at Donald Trump Monday for saying U.S. troops should stay in Iraq to keep an eye on neighboring Iran, saying the U.S. leader did not ask for Iraq's permission to do so.



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Iraqi warplanes strike Islamic State leaders in Syria: military

Iraqi warplanes strike Islamic State leaders in Syria: militaryIraqi warplanes hit a meeting of Islamic State leaders near Deir al-Zor in Syria on Monday, destroying the building they were gathered in, the military said in a statement, without giving further details about the militants targeted. The statement said F-16 fighter jets carried out the raid around al-Sousa village in eastern Syria, as “30 leaders from Daesh (Islamic State) gangs” met in the building. The strike came a day after Iraq’s government hinted at greater involvement for its armed forces in Syria as the U.S. begins withdrawing troops from the country.



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Syria's Assad authorizes Iraqi forces to strike IS in Syria

Syria's Assad authorizes Iraqi forces to strike IS in SyriaDAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad authorized Iraqi forces on Sunday to attack the Islamic State group inside Syria without waiting for permission from authorities in Damascus, the state news agency SANA said, as the two allies coordinate their fight against extremists ahead of a planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria.



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Trump Visit Angers Iraqi Lawmakers, Spurs Calls for U.S. Pullout

Trump Visit Angers Iraqi Lawmakers, Spurs Calls for U.S. PulloutTrump made his first visit to troops in a combat zone as commander-in-chief on Wednesday, meeting with U.S. soldiers at the Ain Al-Asad base west of Baghdad. The president told them he had no plans for a withdrawal from Iraq, after his recent decision to pull out of Syria.



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Furious Iraqi lawmakers demand US troop withdrawal

Furious Iraqi lawmakers demand US troop withdrawalBAGHDAD (AP) — President Donald Trump's surprise trip to Iraq may have quieted criticism at home that he had yet to visit troops in a combat zone, but it has infuriated Iraqi politicians who on Thursday demanded the withdrawal of U.S. forces.



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Iraqi lawmakers criticize Trump visit as blow to Iraqi sovereignty

Iraqi lawmakers criticize Trump visit as blow to Iraqi sovereigntyIraqi political and militia leaders condemned U.S. President Donald Trump’s surprise visit to U.S. troops in Iraq on Wednesday as a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty, and lawmakers said a meeting between Trump and Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi was canceled due to a disagreement over venue. Sabah al Saadi, the leader of the Islah parliamentary bloc, called for an emergency session of parliament “to discuss this blatant violation of Iraq’s sovereignty and to stop these aggressive actions by Trump who should know his limits: The U.S. occupation of Iraq is over.” The Bina bloc, Islah’s rival in parliament and led by Iran-backed militia leader Hadi al-Amiri, also objected to Trump’s trip to Iraq.



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Iraqi PM discusses U.S. withdrawal from Syria with Pompeo

Iraqi PM discusses U.S. withdrawal from Syria with PompeoU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi that the U.S. is still committed to fighting Islamic State in Iraq and other areas despite its planned troop withdrawal from Syria, Abdul Mahdi’s office said on Saturday. President Donald Trump has begun what will be a total withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, declaring on Wednesday they had succeeded in their mission to defeat Islamic State and were no longer needed.



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On patrol with the Iraqi militia hunting the last remnants of the Islamic State group

On patrol with the Iraqi militia hunting the last remnants of the Islamic State groupPhotojournalist Sebastian Backhaus shares his images taken while embedded with the al-Hashd al-Shaabi in Iraq.



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Syrian, Iraqi forces say U.S. bombs military border positions, U.S. denies

Syrian, Iraqi forces say U.S. bombs military border positions, U.S. deniesBy Angus McDowall BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian state media said on Monday that U.S.-led coalition aircraft had bombed a Syrian army position near the Iraqi border, causing deaths and injuries, but the U.S. military denied it was responsible. The attack took place in al-Harra, southeast of the town of Albu Kamal, state news agency SANA said, citing a military source. A commander in the alliance fighting alongside Damascus told Reuters that drones that were “probably American” had bombed the positions of Iraqi factions between Albu Kamal and Tanf, as well as Syrian military positions.



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