Pentagon resists U.S. withdrawal from Syria, claims ISIS might rise again

Pentagon: ISIS will regain ground in Syria when US troops leave and will play troop withdrawal as a 'victory'

Both Iraq's president and prime minister have hit back at Trump's statements to USA media this week stating American forces should stay at a base in Iraq so Washington can "watch Iran". "We expect Iran to fully respect the sovereignty of Iran and other regional states" they said.

Iraq "rejects being a launching pad for harming any other country", he said during a meeting with UN Iraq envoy Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert at the cleric's base in Najaf. He said the Iraqi constitution forbids the use of Iraq as a base to threaten the interests or security of neighbouring countries. And it says, "If Sunni socio-economic, political, and sectarian grievances are not adequately addressed by the national and local governments of Iraq and Syria it is very likely that ISIS will have the opportunity to set conditions for future resurgence and territorial control".

Salih was responding to comments Trump made in an interview with CBS News" "Face the Nation' in which he said the USA has an "incredible base" in Iraq that he intends to keep, "because I want to be able to watch Iran".

Iran pushed back against accusations of anti-Semitism levied against it by US President Donald Trump Tuesday night, saying that the Islamic Republic and its "Jewish compatriots" were celebrating four decades of progress as it marks the 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution.

Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hit back at the accusations Wednesday morning, tweeting that "Iranians - including our Jewish compatriots - are commemorating 40 yrs of progress despite United States pressure, just as @realDonaldTrump again makes accusations against us". "And one of the reasons I want to keep it is because I want to be looking a little bit at Iran because Iran is a real problem". "It's perfectly situated for looking at all over different parts of the troubled Middle East rather than pulling up", he added. The base hosts American soldiers but belongs to the Iraqi army. Left unsaid is that these grievances are a product of upheaval caused by the 2003 USA invasion of Iraq and the U.S. support for sectarian rebels in Syria starting in 2011.

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President Donald Trump sent shock ways through the United States military when, in December, he announced that he would be withdrawing troops from Syria-a decision that everyone from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to former Sen.

Tensions between the two countries have escalated following mutual strikes.

President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw American troops from Syria shocked American military officials and USA allies alike.

Iraq announced the fight against ISIS was over on December 9, 2017, after the group seized the country's second-largest city Mosul, as well as one-third of the rest of the country, before being toppled by an Iraqi military campaign that was backed by the USA -led coalition. The U.S. -led coalition told VOA then that the operation, which was coordinated with the Iraqi security forces occurred without incident.

In an interview with CBS News' "Face the Nation", Trump said the US had spent a "fortune" on the Al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq, which he visited in December, and that it was "perfectly situated" to watch different parts of the Middle East. Speaking with AP, Khazali suggested the troops could eventually be forced out, if they fail to yield to the will of Iraqi citizens. Iraq should not be used as a spring board to attack its neighbours.

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