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US troops plan to redeploy in Anbar's Fallujah: source

The US troops in Iraq plan to redeploy in Fallujah, the largest city in Anbar, close to Baghdad, a security source revealed.

"US forces intend to redeploy at the al-Mazra'a military site east of the city of Fallujah, which was once one of its main headquarters outside the city center," the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

There are US forces at Habbaniyah military base, as well in areas west of Anbar, and thus "the province is totally surrounded by US forces," he added.

A security source revealed Wednesday that US forces plan to set up four new military bases in Anbar province.

In the meantime, official authorities in Baghdad, led by Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi, claim that there are no pure American military bases in Iraq.

Denying Prime Minster Adil Abdul Mahdi's claims, Anbar Provincial Council said earlier that there are pure US bases in Iraq, as most of the US bases deployed in Anbar are free of Iraqi forces.

Council member Eid Ammash said in a press statement that US forces have a base in the Qa'im district north and southeast 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 in December 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 in the called for ending the US military presence in the country, and the closure of 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 the US troops from Iraq either by law or by other ways.

"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 the US President Donald Trump during his visit to Iraq, but the meeting was cancelled due to “disagreement over how to conduct the meeting,” the two leaders spoke by phone instead.

US expulsion rejected

A poll conducted by The Baghdad Post earlier indicated that a seemingly wide majority of Iraqis favor the existence of US troops in the Iraqi territory to continue their fight against terrorism.

"We call on Israel, not just America, to stay in Iraq to get the Iranian forces and the Shiite religious parties out of Iraq," says Sadiq al-Iraqi from Basra.

"Look at the Arabian Gulf, where there are American forces and look at Basra, where there are Iranian forces," he added, arguing that the situation in the Arab Gulf is good due to the presence of US troops, while it is deteriorating on the other side in Basra due to the alleged presence of Iranian troops.

Jaad bin Dirham said that Iran has demolished the resources of Iraq, adding that Iraq is at least able to make understandings with the US, which is a superpower and can build giant projects and factories in Iraq.

Mohamed from Mosul said he supports the existence of the US in Iraq "because they deal with and respect international law," adding that the US troops are "a regular army and they deal with humanity, and [they are] not a criminal revolutionary army that consists of sectarian militias."

Hussein al-Saadi from Dhi Qar said, "We hope they save us from the government of corrupt Islamic parties in Iraq."

"We hope the US forces will stay in Iraq to amputate the hand of the Iranian militias that have looted the Iraqi people and killed thousands of our Sunni brothers," Walid al-Helli said.

According to local media, US forces plan to establish three military bases in the provinces of Salahuddin and Kirkuk, pointing out that American companies will begin work on rebuilding the infrastructure of Salahuddin province.
Last Modified: Friday، 11 January 2019 12:14 AM
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