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Washington Asks Iraqi Deployment to Syria as US Troops Leave

The United States has asked the Iraqi government to deploy soldiers to northeast Syria to fill the gap left by the US troops, a source claimed.

The report comes after US President Donald Trump announced that his country’s troops currently stationed in Syria were decided to “go back home”.

Sky News cited a “political source” claiming that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has discussed the issue in his recent phone conversation with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi.

According to the source, Washington has asked Baghdad to send the army 70 kilometers deep into the Syrian border and protect the area from Islamic State (IS) attacks.

Following the announcement of the US pullout from Syria, Iraq reportedly deployed additional forces to its western border with Syria, hoping to fortify border strip against any infiltration.

It was not mentioned if the Iraqi premier accepted the proposal or not. Source