Trump did not ask permission to ‘watch Iran’ from bases in Iraq – President Salih

Iraq’s president resoundingly dismissed Trump’s thought of a US vigil on his nation’s border, stating he had not requested for permission to “watch Iran.” Barham Salih as an alternative instructed the US stick to its mission preventing terrorism.

Speaking to reporters at a discussion board in Baghdad on Monday, Salih was responding to a query about remarks made by the US president to tv community CBS on Sunday. Expressing his want to maintain a navy presence in Iraq, Trump informed the Face the Nation program: “All I want to do is be able to watch” neighboring Iran.

At current, roughly 5,200 US troops are at the moment based mostly in Iraq. Spread out throughout a number of bases, the bulk are based mostly at both Al Asad Airbase in western Iraq or in Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan.

“Don’t overburden Iraq with your own issues,” Salih stated of the US’ rising tensions with Iran.

While acknowledging that the US was a “major power” in the area he demanded: “do not pursue your own policy priorities, we live here.”

An ally of the US in defeating remaining pockets of Islamic State terrorists in the nation, Iraq has discovered itself beneath elevated strain as tensions between the Trump administration and Iran develop after the US claimed Tehran was not sticking to the phrases of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Stating that Iraq wished to be on good phrases with all of its neighbors, Salih careworn that it was in his nation’s “fundamental interest” to have a cordial relationship with Iran.