In the wake of Iranian attempts [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] , after the parliament voted and the threats of Iranian militias to launch attacks on them, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo telephoned Iraqi President Barham Salih on Saturday, during which he assured him of the importance of the role of the Washington-led coalition in protecting Iraq's sovereignty.
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A senior administration official summed up Washington's policy on Iraq, telling Al Arabiya.net: "The United States is not prepared to ...
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The American secretary wrote in a tweet on Twitter that he had spoken to the president and explained to him his country's role in the war against ISIS, and conveyed to him Washington's steadfast stance on stopping the escalation.
In turn, the US State Department indicated in a statement issued after the call between Pompeo and Saleh, that they both agreed on the need to [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] in the region.
It also noted that Pompeo reaffirmed the important role of the international coalition against ISIS in promoting Iraq as an independent, prosperous, and sovereign state.
Despite the escalation of tension in Iraq following the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Qassem Soleimani, accompanied by the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Committee, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and the escalation of threats by Iraqi factions loyal to Iran to target American forces. To resume as soon as possible its cooperation with the Iraqi army in combating ISIS, so that the organization does not take advantage of the status quo.
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While the New York Times reported that the United States has already resumed its joint military operations without an official announcement.
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It is noteworthy that the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Middle East Affairs, Joy Hood, had confirmed that the US administration is looking to enhance the relationship of strategic partnership, denying any talk now about the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq. Rather, Hood called on Iraq to accelerate the appointment of a strong prime minister who controls Security forces lead Iraq toward prosperity and the strengthening of sovereignty.
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The US official added that the current time is appropriate for the United States and Iraq to sit together to talk about commitment to strategic partnership at the diplomatic, financial, economic and security levels, as he put it.
In this context, the then US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, revealed that all Iraqi leaders told him on private councils that they support the American military presence in their country, despite public calls for the departure of American soldiers from Iraq.
Pompeo added that what he heard during talks with about 50 Iraqi officials, since the beginning of this month, contradicts what they publicly announce, stressing that they all welcome the American campaign to combat terrorism.
It is noteworthy that US President Donald Trump was threatening to impose economic sanctions on Iraq if Baghdad decided to expel the 5,200 American soldiers.
Yet it is not surprising that Trump has reduced the number of his country's soldiers deployed in Mesopotamia in line with his desire to withdraw from costly military operations in the Middle East.