The Anbar Provincial Council
revealed that US forces have set up two new military bases in the province, including
one near the Syrian border.
Council member Farhan al-Dulaimi said in a press statement that the two bases were established on empty land in Anbar, adding that the first was built at the Qa'im district on the Syrian border, while the second was set in the city Rutba, less than 100 kilometers from the Syrian border.
"The aim of the two bases is to help Iraqi forces control the country's borders and to prevent the infiltration of ISIS terrorist gangs from entering the liberated cities," Dulaimi explained.
The move comes about a week following US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw his country's troops deployed in Syria. The announcement came following Trump's surprise visit to US troops in Baghdad on Wednesday.