Iraqi President Says Trump Didn't Ask for Permission to 'Watch Iran'

President Donald Trump said Sunday that the use of U.S. military force remains

Asked if he meant he wanted to be able to strike Iran, Trump replied: "No, because I want to be able to watch Iran".

There are an 5,000 estimated USA military personnel in Iraq authorised to train, advise and assist Iraqi security forces in their fight against IS, which has not fully controlled any territory in the country for more than a year. "We might as well keep it", he said, referring to Ain al-Asad air base in western Iraq that he visited in December.

Even as USA troops are pulling out of Syria, President Trump has said he wants to keep some forces in the region "to protect Israel" and "watch Iran".

A day after Trump said United States soldiers in Iraq would be tasked with monitoring Iran, Barham Salih told reporters at a forum in Baghdad that the U.S. military presence in the country was the result of a bilateral agreement with the specific goal of fighting terrorism.

Salih recalled that United States troops are deployed in Iraq in line with a bilateral agreement which specifically stipulates the two countries making joint efforts to fight terrorism.

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"Don't overburden Iraq with your own issues", Salih said. The militias fought alongside USA -backed Iraqi troops against IS in recent years, gaining outsized influence and power along the way.

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the amendment was not a rebuke to Trump, though he added, "we can do things over there which will make us safer here".

Former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi also weighed in on Monday, saying Iraqi sovereignty must be respected and its interests should not be compromised.

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In the next parliamentary session, lawmakers will pass a law terminating "the security agreement with America, in addition to ending the presence of American military trainers and advisors and foreigners on Iraqi soil", Kaabi declared in a statement published by the parliament. Brennan highlighted Trump's public disagreement with members of the intelligence community about the need to keep USA forces in Syria to fight the remnants of the Islamic State. Iraq should not be used as a spring board to attack its neighbours.

Nobody home: The counter-Iran aspect of Trump's Iraq policy creates challenges for the U.S. administration, since very few officials are left to deal specifically with Baghdad.

According to the constitution, Hakim said, Iraq must not threaten the security and stability of the region and the world.

While singling out the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as "tenacious fighters", the inspector-general noted the threat of a Turkish invasion against these US-backed forces, as Ankara views them to be linked to Turkish separatists.

US troops are now supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces in their final battle against the last ISIS strongholds in eastern Syria, where it's estimated that about 2,000 ISIS fighters remain.

Citing two USA officials, the New York Times said senior United States military officers recently visited several Iraqi bases, including in Erbil and the Ayn al-Asad Airbase, to determine if existing USA operations there could be expanded with troops moving in from Syria.

In the CBS interview, conducted on February 1, Trump said US troops have been in Afghanistan for almost 19 years, and, while the outcome of ongoing peace talks with the Afghan Taliban remains to be seen, "They want peace".

Trump did not meet any Iraqi officials during his three-hour long stay there.

Trump expressed if the Islamic State or al Qaeda terror groups experienced a resurgence after the troops are withdrawn he would simply send forces back. He landed at an airbase west of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, where he thanked the soldiers for their service.

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