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Defense Ministry denies having US military bases in Iraq

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Iraq's Defense Ministry again denied the presence of US military bases in Iraq, affirming that Iraqi security authorities have always affirmed they are able to secure the Iraqi people and borders.

Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji also denied earlier reports claiming that some Syrian-based US troops have moved to inside the Iraqi territory.

The spokesman pointed to the presence of high-level coordination with the American side between the US-led global coalition fighting ISIS and the leadership of joint operations.

Abdul Mahdi claimed 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 called for ending the US military presence in the country and the closure of US bases.

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

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

Abdul Mahdi also denied that his country received a request from the US to send troops to Syria to replace US forces after its withdrawal, considering, however, that "all possibilities are in place.


Last Modified: Thursday، 17 January 2019 09:36 PM