Abadi says he wants to keep an American force in Iraq

2017/03/28 (00:01 PM) - Number of readings: 668 - Issue (3887)


Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi expressed his support for the survival of part of the US forces in Iraq in order to support the Iraqi forces after the defeat and the liberation of Mosul.

"Iraqi forces need US troops to continue their training, logistical support and intelligence cooperation," Abadi told Fox News in an interview published on Sunday.

Since the occupation of Mosul in 204, the United States deployed 5,000 troops in different parts of Iraq within the framework of the International Alliance. Asked about the possibility of 1,000 American soldiers remaining, Abadi said, "a little more."

The Prime Minister stressed that during his visit to the White House last week, he felt a commitment by the US administration and Congress to support Baghdad in its war against an oppressive organization.

Abadi predicted during his meeting with the US station months to defeat the military dizziness in a few weeks, pointing out that at the same time that "the Daash will continue to exist until removed from Syria and other parts of the Middle East."

"We are going to defeat them now militarily, but they will try to continue as a terrorist organization, so we need help from others to expel them from Syria and other areas," he said, adding that President Obama did not want to take part in the war against Da'ash. 40 percent of Iraqi territory.

"Obama wanted to forget about Iraq, I mean the massacres that took place against our people have generated great pressure on President Obama," Abadi said. "The United States is now determined to defeat Iraq," he said, adding that "the United States and Iraq are allies, which made the decision to ban Trump the first to travel Iraqis seems unacceptable."

"It is very difficult for them to tell the Iraqis that we are working with you, but we consider you as a threat to the United States," he said.
US military officials told ABC News that the Pentagon plans to send two extra troops to Iraq to help Iraqi forces fight for the return of Mosul. It is estimated that there are about 200 to 300 soldiers.

"Additional elements from the 82nd Airborne Division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, will go to Iraq on a temporary mission to provide additional support and advice to Iraqi forces," said Col. Joseph Sacroka, a coalition spokesman, adding that "these are not adding new combat capability as much as they are Provide more advice and assistance to our Iraqi partners. "

The unit from the 82nd Airborne Division currently has 1,700 troops based in Iraq and Kuwait, helping to advise and support Iraqi forces.
Reports last week indicated the Pentagon's intention to send some 1,000,000 extra troops from the 2nd Combat Brigade for advice and support for the Mosul battle.