Earlier this month, Qais al-Khazali, the leader of Asaib Ahl al-Haq, one of the most powerful Iranian-backed Shiite militias in Iraq, called for the withdrawal of United States troops, citing the defeat of Daesh militants.
U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to declare near-total triumph over ISIS in Syria in his State of the Union address Tuesday, but American defence officials are increasingly fearful that the militants are simply biding their time until the Americans leave the battlefield as planned. An estimated 5,200 American soldiers are stationed in Iraq.
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Islamic State maintains some 2,000 fighters in eastern Syria where it has established strong defensive positions and will likely fight on until the last man.
What else did the report say? According to CENTCOM, these are "opportunistic attacks" that will allow the militants to claim a propaganda victory. Without the JCPOA, Iran could hasten its development of nuclear weapons on an even shorter timeline than the one Trump found unacceptable, they say.
Salih's remarks came in response to Trump's Sunday interview with CBS News's Face the Nation, in which the president said US troops would remain in Iraq indefinitely and would be used to surveil Iran and its activity in the region.
"Certainly we are aware that he has expressed a desire and an intent in the past to depart Syria", he said, adding that "I was not consulted".
"You've got these divergent narratives", security analyst Charles Shoebridge told RT.
With the fight continuing a year later, he remained sanguine, hailing the accomplishments of the anti-ISIS coalition and echoing his earlier calls to pull US troops out of Syria.
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Trump is also expected to address US peace talks with the Taliban. Trump said, "Great nations do not fight endless wars".
Since late past year, Iraqi lawmakers have been working on legislation which would allow them to expel USA forces from their country, which is meant to solve what they have deemed "the ongoing American [violation] of Iraqi sovereignty". With the YPG busy against the Turks, the Arab component of the SDF was "unable to conduct" offensive operations, and actually lost ground to IS in late October and November, when bad weather prevented coalition airplanes from flying.
The Islamic State group "remains a potent force of battle-hardened and well-disciplined fighters that "could likely resurge in Syria" absent continued counterterrorism pressure", the report from the inspector general said.
However, the official said that "ensuring the enduring defeat of ISIS requires focus on Iraqi stability and regional stability".
Let Syria finish the job?"In Afghanistan and Iraq, almost 7,000 American heroes have given their lives", he said.
In June, the us and Turkey agreed to a deal called the "Manbij Roadmap" in order to prevent a Turkish invasion of the strategic Kurdish city of Manbij.
Conspicuously absent from the report is the Syrian government, which has fought IS successfully with the support of Hezbollah, Iran and Russia, Shoebridge told RT.
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