Mon Apr 1, 2019, 04:45 PM

Why Iraqs president says theres no serious opposition to US troops in his country

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s president said Friday he does not see any “serious” opposition to the presence of American forces in Iraq, provided they continue to be there specifically to assist Iraqi forces in the fight against the Islamic State group.

Barham Salih said there is “general consensus” that Iraq needs continued collaboration with the forces, which he said can go on “as long as it is necessary.” He also warned that the threat from ISIS extremists is far from over, despite the announcement of the group’s territorial defeat in Syria last week.

Salih spoke to The Associated Press in an exclusive interview in Baghdad on Friday, a day before traveling to Tunis to attend an annual Arab summit meeting.


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