…from PressTV, Tehran
[ Update 2:55pm: In hindsight now we can see that Iraq was concerned early on that moving more US troops into Iraq might eventually be used to support regime overthrow there.
The current color revolution fingerprints of “outside intervention” are there for all to see after a few weeks. This includes a rerun of snipers shooting both protesters and police, a la Maidan Square in Kiev.
But now we see the US has skirted the 30 day agreement to leave Iraq being twisted with the US troops going back into Syria to deny Syrians access to their own oil, with our dependable Mr. Trump stating clearly that he intended to steal the oil and “spread the wealth around”.
Gosh, I wonder what credible UN NGO he might choose to do that, so it could spread the wealth around to it owners, the Syrian people…JD ]
[ Editor’s Note: Although this is interesting news from Iraq regarding assertion of its sovereignty by having control over what US troops do inside Iraq, we have to ask how Iraq is going to enforce its wishes if the US ignores them or just tells them to “take a hike”?
Will Trump reverse the sanctions waiver, allowing Iraq to buy badly needed electricity from Iran? Gosh, would he do such a thing after all the US has inflicted on Iraq?
Once the US troops returning from Syria get to their main base in Iraq, is the Iraqi military going to get ID’s and photos on them and pass out trackable barcoded wrist bands, demanding that they must be worn at all times to know where US troops physically are, and if they are engaging in hanky-panky?
Is Iraq going to demand the US leave if it does not follow its rules inside their country? And what if the US says: “No, we aren’t leaving until Daesh is totally defeated, which might be never if we keep shipping more in from Syria?”
As the old saying goes, “Talk is cheap”. To date I have seen no evidence that the Iraqi military has the final say over anything the US does out of its bases in Syria.
The reports of the US supporting proxy terrorism in Syria and Iraq are legendary, including the role the Iraqi Kurds played in the Syrian oil being stolen by ISIS and being trucked through their areas for sale at the Turkish border… Jim W. Dean ]
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– First published … October 22, 2019 –
The Iraqi military says US forces that have crossed into Iraq as part of a pullout from Syria do not have permission to stay on Iraqi soil and can only be there if they are later being transported out of the country.
“All US forces that withdrew from Syria received approval to enter the Kurdistan Region so that they may be transported outside Iraq. There is no permission granted for these forces to stay inside Iraq,” the military said in a statement on Tuesday.
The statement contradicted an announcement by Pentagon chief Mark Esper on Saturday that all of the nearly 1,000 troops withdrawing from northern Syria were expected to move to western Iraq to allegedly continue the campaign against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group and “to help defend Iraq.”
A senior US defense official later clarified that the situation was still fluid and plans could change. News agencies said Monday that US troops had crossed into Iraq from Syria through the Sahela border crossing in the northern province of Dohuk.
Video images showed armored vehicles carrying troops into Iraq, with Iraqi Kurdish sources saying that US troops had crossed into the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region. President Donald Trump abruptly announced the withdrawal of US troops from northeastern Syria earlier this month.
The withdrawal effectively granted Turkey a green light to carry out a long-planned invasion of northern Syria targeting US-allied Kurdish forces in the region.
With US troops in Iraq and Turkish forces in Syria, some observers are wondering whether Ankara and Washington are coordinating their moves for a new chess game in the region.
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