BAGHDAD U.S. troops leaving Syria and heading to neighboring Iraq do not have permission to stay in the nation, Iraqs navy mentioned Tuesday as American forces continued to pull out of northern Syria after Turkeys invasion of the border area.
The assertion seems to contradict U.S. Protection Secretary Mark Esper, who has mentioned that below the present plan, all U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq and the navy would proceed to conduct operations in opposition to the Islamic State group to stop its resurgence in the area.
On Tuesday, Esper mentioned he plans to speak to Iraqi leaders to work out particulars concerning the U.S. plan to ship American troops withdrawing from Syria to Iraq, including that the U.S. has no plans to have these troops stay in Iraq interminably.
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Talking to reporters at Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia, Esper mentioned hell have a dialogue with the Iraqi protection minister on Wednesday. He mentioned the goal is to pull U.S. troopers out and ultimately get them house.
U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the majority of U.S. troops in Syria to withdraw after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made it clear in a telephone name that his forces had been about to invade Syria to push again Syrian Kurdish fighters whom Turkey considers terrorists.
The pullout largely abandons the Syrian Kurdish allies who’ve fought the Islamic State group alongside U.S. troops for a number of years. Between 200 and 300 U.S. troops will stay on the southern Syrian outpost of Al-Tanf.
Angered at feeling betrayed, some residents in areas populated predominantly by Kurds in each Syria and Iraq have pelted the withdrawing troops. On Monday, a U.S. convoy that was driving down an avenue in the Kurdish-dominated metropolis of Qamishly was pelted with potatoes.
Like rats, America is operating away, one man shouted in Arabic on the autos.
Close to the Iraqi metropolis of Irbil, a small group of younger males threw stones at a convoy of U.S. armored autos, shouting obscenities because it drove down a major freeway, in accordance to a video circulating on-line.
In an announcement, the Iraqi Kurdish regional authorities mentioned the constructive position performed by U.S.-led coalition forces in northern Iraq, defending and aiding its residents, ought to not be confused with an unpopular political choice that has been taken a reference to Trumps sudden transfer to withdraw troops from Syria.
The variety of American forces in Iraq has remained small due to political sensitivities in the nation, after years of what some Iraqis contemplate U.S. occupation throughout the battle that started in 2003. It’s a probably explosive subject.
The U.S. presently has greater than 5,000 American forces in Iraq, below an settlement between the 2 international locations. The U.S. pulled its troops out of Iraq in 2011 when fight operations there ended, however they went again in after IS started to take over massive swaths of the nation in 2014.
After the Iraqi authorities introduced victory in opposition to IS in 2017, requires an American troop withdrawal elevated amid concers about Americas long-term intentions, notably after it withdraws its troops from Syria.
Earlier this 12 months, Trump angered Iraqi politicians and Iranian-backed factions by arguing he would preserve U.S. troops in Iraq and use it as a base to strike Islamic State group targets inside Syria as wanted. In February, he infuriated Iraqi leaders when he mentioned U.S. troops ought to stay in Iraq to monitor neighboring Iran.
Earlier this week, Esper did not rule out the concept U.S. forces would conduct counterterrorism missions from Iraq into Syria. However he mentioned these particulars might be labored out over time.
His feedback had been the primary to particularly lay out the place American troops will go as they depart Syria and what the counter-IS battle might appear to be. Esper mentioned he has spoken to his Iraqi counterpart concerning the plan to shift the estimated 1,000 troops leaving Syria into western Iraq.
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The assertion by the Iraqi navy, nonetheless, mentioned that every one American troops that withdrew from Syria have permission to enter northern Iraqs semi-autonomous Kurdish area, after which from there to be relocated out of Iraq.
These forces do not have any approval to stay in Iraq, it mentioned. The assertion did not specify a time restrict for the way lengthy the troops can stay there.
In the meantime, U.S. troops continued to pull out of northern Syria. Stories of sporadic clashes have continued between Turkish-backed fighters and the U.S.-allied Syria Kurdish forces regardless of a five-day cease-fire settlement hammered out on Thursday between U.S. and Turkish leaders. The cease-fire expires Tuesday evening.
Esper has mentioned the troops going into Iraq could have two missions.
One is to assist defend Iraq and two is to carry out a counter-ISIS mission as we kind by way of the subsequent steps, he mentioned, utilizing another acronym for the Islamic State group. Issues might change between now and every time we full the withdrawal, however thats the sport plan proper now.
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