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Iraq says foreign forces may not fight in Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd Al-Mahdi .jpg.jpg_13452839_ver1.0_1280_720
Iraq’s prime minister says foreign troops and local militia operating inside his country are forbidden from confronting each other and must operate under the supervision and control of the Iraqi armed forces.

Adel Abdul-Mahdi’s order appeared to make clear that Iraqi soil may not be used as a theater for confrontation between the United States and Iran. The U.S. has more than 5,000 troops stationed in Iraq, while Iran backs local militias, known as the Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS).

Iraq has close relations with both the U.S. and Iran.

Tensions have risen to new levels between the United States and Iran. The U.S. has blamed Iran for attacks on two tankers in the Arabian Gulf. Iran denies that. The U.S. has since ordered 1,000 more troops to the Middle East.

Tehran has said it could end its compliance with the nuclear deal with Western powers that has prevented it from enriching uranium beyond certain levels.

Last Modified: Wednesday، 19 June 2019 01:00 PM
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