Trump Angers Iraq with Announcement of Wanting to Watch Iran from US Base in Iraq

The United States invaded Iraq in March of 2003 as part of President George W. Bush’s response to the 9-11 attack and continued aggression of Saddam Hussein.

The initial invasion only lasted for 1 month, 1 week and 4 days as US troops swept though the nation and captured the capital of Baghdad.

With the US occupation of Iraq, the military established Al Assad Air Base, also known as Ain Assad Air Base, located about 110 miles west northwest of Baghdad and about 150 miles due west of the Iraq border with Iran.

On Sunday, President Trump announced that he wanted to maintain a military presence at Al Assad Air Base so the US could monitor Iraq.

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Trump’s announcement has angered Iraqi President Barham Saleh.

BBC News –  Iraq angered by Trump idea to watch Iran from US base – Iraq’s President Barham Saleh has rebuked Donald Trump over his comments that he wanted to maintain a US military presence there to watch Iran.

Mr Trump told CBS on Sunday he intended to keep an “incredible” base being used by US troops to combat the jihadist group Islamic State “because I want to be looking a little bit at Iran”.

Mr Saleh said on Monday that the US had not asked Iraq’s permission to do so.

It should stick to fighting terrorism and not pursue other agendas, he added.

There are an 5,000 estimated US military personnel in Iraq authorised to train, advise and assist Iraqi security forces in their fight against IS, which has not fully controlled any territory in the country for more than a year…

Even though there are still problems in Iraq with terrorists and militants, the nation was liberated from the horrific grip of a mad man by the United States.

If it weren’t for the US, it’s possible that Saddam Hussein would still be tyrannically ruling the country, instead of Barham.

Seems that considering everything, Barham has no grounds for being angry with Trump.

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