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Iraq ‘will never allow US bases on its soil’

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Iraq ‘will never allow US bases on its soil’
 Iraq says it will under no circumstances permit the United States to build permanent military bases on its soil, which would be a violation of its sovereignty.
“Baghdad firmly rejects the construction of US military bases on its soil,” said Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Jaafari at the end of an extended visit to Russia on Friday.
Iraq will “not stand on ceremony” when it comes to the protection of its sovereignty, he said.
He said that, back in 2014, when Baghdad asked for international help in fighting the Takfiri terrorist group of Daesh, it said the potential contribution had to meet the requirements of Iraq’s sovereignty and independence.
Jaafari said Baghdad had made the matter clear that contributions to its counter-terrorism operations should not lead to the establishment of military bases or permanent foreign military presence in its territory.
“Iraq’s sovereignty is our red line,” the Iraqi foreign minister said.
He pointed to the presence of permanent US military bases in “South Korea, Turkey, Japan, and many other world countries” long after the end of World War II and said the bases violated those countries’ sovereignty.
According to US government data, there are about 9,000 American troops in Iraq. The US Department of Defense, though, puts the number at far lower.
In 2003, the US invaded Iraq to topple the then-regime of Saddam Hussein, who the US and Britain falsely claimed was in possession of weapons of mass destruction. Former US President Barack Obama pulled out all US combat troops from Iraq in 2011, effectively ending the invasion and occupation of the Arab country.
But the destruction that the war had caused, including the decimation of the Iraqi security structure, allowed Daesh to emerge in 2014. In September that same year, the US led a number of its allies in launching an aerial bombardment campaign against purported Daesh targets in Iraq.


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Iraq is also like a country and but they need to the proper care because they has no system for public. Infect other country want to keep his order. Its not good and government should try to get the new technology through this way they can safe his life and public.
Nancy Pryor 08/03/2018
Iraqi foreign minister does not understand America does not want to be in Iraq. Iraq needs to govern and defend it's own nation.
ali 13/03/2018
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