Trump wants to keep US military presence in Iraq to monitor Iran

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In an interview with CBS News on Sunday, President Donald Trump specifically signalled his readiness to keep US troops in Iraq to keep an eagle eye on Iran.

Axar.az reports citing Sputnik.

Referring to the huge sums of money that are being spent on the US military base in Iraq, Trump made clear that one of the reasons he wants to keep it is "to be looking a little bit at Iran because Iran is a real problem".

When asked if he meant that he wanted to launch a strike on Iran, Trump said, "No, because I want to be able to watch Iran."

"All I want to do is be able to watch. We have an unbelievable and expensive military base built in Iraq. It's perfectly situated for looking at all over different parts of the troubled Middle East rather than pulling up," he underscored.

During the interview, Trump also defied previous US intelligence conclusions that Tehran actually complies with the Iran nuclear deal.

"I disagree with them. I have intel people, but that doesn't mean I have to agree," Trump said.

The interview came after his surprise visit to Iraq late last year during which he said he has no plans to withdraw US troops from Iraq, as military facilities there could be used to stage attacks on Daesh militants.

2019.02.03 / 20:14
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