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Don961:  Pompeo: America will work with Iraqi leaders to determine the most appropriate place to deploy its forces

Politics 01/13/2020 22:17 494 Editor: as
Baghdad today – follow up

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday that the United States intends to work with the Iraqi leadership to determine the most appropriate place for the deployment of American forces in Iraq.

Pompeo said in a speech to him, California, today, Monday: “As for how the issue of the location of our forces inside Iraq will be resolved in the end, we will work … with the elected leaders in Iraq to choose the most appropriate place.”

He added, “I have contacted 50 personalities in Iraq from all sects, including Shiite personalities, and all of them appreciates, even if not openly, the American role in Iraq.”

The US Secretary of State had confirmed the US readiness to continue the dialogue with Iraq on the “appropriate structure” for the American military presence in the country, following the issuance of a statement by the Office of the Iraqi Prime Minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, in which he said he had requested to send delegates to Iraq to put in place mechanisms for implementation. Iraqi House of Representatives decision to withdraw American forces.

The United States announced that any American delegation visiting Iraq will not discuss withdrawing American forces.   LINK


Don961:  The State Department: We are in full talks with the Iraqi government and imposing sanctions under review

 Politics 01/2020 20:21 1534 Editor: gf
Baghdad today – Baghdad

The State Department official, Matthew Cornell, said Monday that his government is in full talks with the Iraqi government, pointing out that “the imposition of sanctions” is under review .

“We have no intention of imposing sanctions on Iraq but the matter is under review,” Cornell said, in a televised interview, via Al Arabiya television. “Noting that any country that does not comply with the sanctions on Iran will face the consequences of the violation.”

He pointed out that “the Iraqi parliament’s vote to remove our forces was a decision, not a law,” adding that his government was conducting “comprehensive talks with the Iraqi government not only to fight ISIS.”

He continued: “We have repeatedly warned Iran against killing or wounding Americans,” noting that “the former Iranian commander of the Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, planned to attack American targets.”

He continued: “We knew Soleimani’s movements between Syria, Iraq and Lebanon,” noting that “the decision to kill Soleimani was not taken overnight.”

He added, “President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have confidence that they are legally authorized to kill Soleimani.”

The US administration had warned Saturday (January 11, 2020) that Iraq could lose access to a vital bank account if it expelled American forces from the country, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The newspaper quoted Iraqi officials that “the US State Department informed the authorities in Baghdad that they may lose access to an account in the New York Federal Reserve, which includes the proceeds of oil sales, which threatens to deal a painful blow to the faltering Iraqi economy.”

One of the Iraqi officials indicated that “the warning about the aforementioned account came through a phone call made by the US State Department, last Wednesday, with the head of the Iraqi caretaker government, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, as the two sides discussed other files of the military, financial and political partnership between Washington and Baghdad.”

And the threat of Iraq being subjected to US sanctions on the horizon after the assassination of the Iranian General, Qassem Soleimani, as a result of a US air raid near Baghdad International Airport, on January 3, the event to which the Iraqi Parliament responded by voting, on January 5, in favor of a resolution demanding the Prime Minister to act to remove About 5,300 American soldiers from the country.

In response to this decision, US President Donald Trump has threatened to impose sanctions against Iraq in the event that Baghdad insists on withdrawing US forces.

Iraq, like other countries, maintains government accounts in the New York Federal Reserve, as an important part of the country’s financial affairs administration, including oil sales revenue. The loss of access to the account could limit Iraq’s use of these revenues, which raises a monetary crisis in the financial system and limits important resources for the economy.

And the United States previously prevented Baghdad from accessing the aforementioned account for several weeks, on the grounds of suspicions that part of its money was used to meet Iran’s needs, as well as to finance the “ISIS” organization.    LINK

Don961:  The US State Department: The Iraqi parliament vote to withdraw the American forces is deficient due to the absence of sectarian representatives from the session

Politics 01/13/2020 17:16 632
Baghdad today – Baghdad

US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagos said on Monday (January 13, 2020) that the Iraqi parliament’s vote on a law obligating foreign forces to leave Iraq is defective and challenged its legitimacy.

“The Iraqi parliament’s vote to withdraw the American forces is deficient due to the absence of the representatives of the sects from the session,” Ortagos quoted Sky News as saying.

And the US State Department spokeswoman, Morgan Ortagos, said Monday (06 January 2020) that the American forces made sacrifices in order for Iraq to be stable, and it is in the interest of Iraq that our forces remain.

“The Trump administration has supported the protests that have taken place due to Iran’s influence in Iraq,” Morgan Ortagos said in statements to Al-Arabiya Al-Hadath, noting that “the protesters want to end Iranian influence and we will continue to support the Iraqi people in this.”

Ortagos added, “The American forces made sacrifices in order for Iraq to be stable, and it is in the interest of Iraq that our forces remain and ally with them.”

And about the recent decision of the House of Representatives, which voted to remove foreign forces from the country, she said: “We were very disappointed after the vote to remove our forces.”

Regarding the threat of factions targeting the American forces in Iraq, the State Department spokeswoman stressed that “any attack by armed factions against American interests and forces will be treated as an attack by Iran.”

The Iraqi parliament, on Sunday (January 05, 2020), voted in favor of the government’s obligation to remove foreign forces from the country, cancel the security agreement with the United States, and cancel the request to assist the international coalition led by Washington in combating terrorism.

And US President Donald Trump has threatened to impose sanctions on Baghdad after the parliament voted to remove foreign forces, on condition that Baghdad pays Washington the cost of building its air base.

“If Iraq demands the departure of American forces and this is not done on an amicable basis, we will impose sanctions on them they have never seen before. Iran’s sanctions will be a small thing next door,” Trump said.   LINK

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