Iraqi president says Trump did not ask permission to 'watch Iran'

Donald Trump will keep troops in Iraq to 'watch Iran'

"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", he added.

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".

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 IS militants and other foreign fighters in Syria.

Trump's comments come in the face of warnings by U.S. intelligence chiefs that a precipitous USA withdrawal from Afghanistan and Syria could allow a resurgence by Al-Qaeda and IS.

The commander of US Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, said Tuesday he "was not consulted" prior to President Donald Trump's December announcement that the US would withdraw its troops from Syria.

"I want to be able to watch Iran", the President said in response to a question about whether the troops will be kept in Iraq in view of a potential military strike against Iran. Trump has angered Iraqi politicians and Iranian-backed factions by arguing he would keep USA troops in Iraq and use it as a base to strike Islamic State group targets inside Syria as needed.

Trump is expected to speak to the gathered foreign ministers at the State Department-hosted conference on Wednesday is widely expected to reiterate and expand on his anti-IS message from the State of the Union, officials said. The U.S.is a major power. but we do not pursue your own policy priorities. We might as well keep it.

It called on the Trump administration to certify conditions had been met for the groups' "enduring defeat" before any significant withdrawal from Syria or Afghanistan. The second attack ended with no casualties, with the Iraqi forces able to push the militants back.

Trump is expected to tout USA successes in Syria when he appears before a joint session of Congress to deliver a State of the Union speech at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

Trump visited the al-Asad air base in Anbar province, which was under threat of a rocket attack on Saturday, when he dropped in for a few hours over Christmas.

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

On Sunday, the New York Times reported that the us has been quietly negotiating with Iraq for weeks to allow Special Forces and support troops now operating in Syria to shift to bases in Iraq and strike ISIL from there. We can come back very quickly, and I'm not leaving. His visit sparked outrage in Iraq when he failed to meet with any Iraqi officials. Iraqi military personnel discovered and managed to defuse three Grad rockets pointed at the base set with electronic timers.

Earlier this month, the leader of one of Iraq's most powerful Iranian-backed Shiite militias told The Associated Press in an interview that he expects a vote in the coming months by Iraq's parliament calling for the withdrawal of US troops.

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