The United States maintained on Tuesday (January 7th) that its policy in Iraq had not changed and that American troops would not leave the country, where they want to continue to prevent a resurgence of the Islamic State group.
US President Donald Trump has said that withdrawing US troops from Iraq would be the “worst thing” that could happen to that country, stressing the danger his powerful Iranian neighbor poses to him. “At some point, we will leave. But that moment has not come,” he added from the Oval Office while receiving Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
“Our policy has not changed. We are not leaving Iraq,” said just before the United States Defense Minister during a press conference. The head of the Iraqi government Adel Abdel Mahdi did not ask Washington to withdraw his troops, added Mark Esper.