[size=36]Saleh: Iraq is no longer sure to rely on America as an ally and warn of war[/size]
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Iraq is no longer certain to rely on the United States as an ally, President Barham Salih said, expressing "concern" about a war between the United States and Iran that could lead to "catastrophe for everyone."
"The United States is an important ally and partner ... We want this to continue and we certainly don't want to use our territory," Saleh said in an interview with Axios aired by HBO.
In the interview a week before Washington announced the killing of ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Saleh said he was "no longer sure of the reliability of the United States as an ally. Iraq may be ready to rethink its relations with other countries, including Iran and Russia." According to what the site published. "
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Saleh repeated the use of the words "reset" or "rethink" when describing the approach of Iraqi-American relations, and did not rule out that the US withdrawal from the region to rebuild relations in a different way with both Russia and Iran. "We are not those who go to the Americans or the Russians and say if you don't do it for me I'll go the other way. "We need to think about our priorities."
The president expressed his concerns "about what happened in northern Syria, the US withdrawal and how the Kurds were left to face it alone, not to mention the danger this could cause IS to return to the region." What is happening in Iraq affects your security as well as your policies in the Middle East affect us. ”“
The military defeat of ISIS is an important victory, ”he said.
He also warned of "ethnic cleansing, which has always cost humanity, especially on the Kurds,".
On Sunday, US President Donald Trump announced the death of ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, revealing details of the operation by US special forces in northwestern Syria.
Trump, speaking at a White House news conference, said Baghdadi was killed after his explosive "vest" was blown up after he was surrounded by US forces inside a tunnel that the ISIS leader knew was closed.
Trump pointed out that Washington coordinated the process with several countries, including Iraq, but stressed that those countries were not aware of the objectives of the process.
Iraq is experiencing an internal crisis where citizens took to the streets demanding the accountability of political leaders and parties for the widespread corruption in the corridors of the state. Iraq also faces sensitive regional issues, including tensions in the Gulf between the United States and Iran. As well as military tension in northern Syria. And fighting terrorism and the remains of ISIS.
The United States stressed in more than one statement the depth of the strategic relationship with Baghdad, and urged everyone to avoid violence in the demonstrations taking place in the country these days.