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US Troops in Iraq by Baghdad Consent: Iraqi FM

The US military presence in Iraq is in accordance with a previous agreement, said Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali al-Hakim.

The debate over the US troops present in Iraq was heated earlier this week when President Donald Trump said his country’s troops would stay in Iraq to “watch Iran”.

Iraqi political leaders and militia commanders, those who enjoy closer ties with Iran, condemned Trump’s remarks immediately. Barham Salih, the president of Iraq, said Washington had not asked Baghdad for permission to watch Iran.

Asked about the concerns in Iraq over the US military presence, al-Hakim told Kurdistan 24 from Washington that the US troops are stationed in his country based on a strategic agreement between Baghdad and Washington. Source