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50 US trucks enter Anbar without permission: Provincial Council

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Anbar Provincial Council reported that about 50 US military trucks headed from Kuwait to Ayn al-Assad base west of the province without permission.

Council member Eid al-Ammash said in a press statement that the 50 trucks entered the base without informing the local government, noting, "The Council of Anbar does not have any powers to prevent the uncontrolled movements of US forces in the province."

The federal government and the parliament's security and defense committee "bear full responsibility for the American presence and the violation of Iraqi sovereignty," Ammash added.

In December, Ammash said that there are pure US bases in Iraq, as most of the US bases deployed in Anbar are free of Iraqi forces, denying Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi's claims that Iraqi forces are always mixed with US troops in the latter's bases.

Ammash said in a press statement that US forces have a base in the Qa'im district north and south-east of the Euphrates River, a base in Rutba city, a base in Khan al-Baghdadi and a number of other bases in the desert of Anbar.

Ammash asserted that only the US combat forces are using these bases.

The US forces did not allow Iraqi forces to enter or to be present in the Anbar bases, whatever the reasons, Ammash said, noting that the province is witnessing intense US movements that the American troops have not informed the Iraqi government about.

Abdul Mahdi's claims

Abdul Mahdi said on Sunday that there are no "pure" US military bases in the country.

This came during a press conference held after a governmental meeting in Baghdad, as major Shiite political forces and IMIS factions called for ending the US military presence in the country and closing US bases.

Trump's visit

Just one day after Christmas, US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania arrived in Anbar to visit the US troops serving in the region, which is his first such visit since taking office in January 2017.

Following Trump's secret visit, many political parties, most of whom believed to be loyal to Iran, voiced anger for what they described as violating diplomatic norms.

Head of the Shiite Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq Qais Khazali condemned the visit, threatening to expel US troops from Iraq either by law or by other means.

"Trump's visit to a US military base without regard to diplomatic norms reveals the reality of the American project in Iraq," Khazali wrote on Twitter.

"The response of the Iraqis will be [translated to a] decision of the parliament to remove your military forces by force," Khazali stated.

Abdul Mahdi said that he was supposed to meet with Trump during his visit to Iraq, but the meeting was cancelled due to “disagreements over how to conduct the meeting.” The two leaders spoke by phone instead.

Last Modified: Tuesday، 01 January 2019 09:20 PM