Iraq considers new US troop deployment as 'act of agression'

Iraq PM says he would consider US’s additional troop deployment as “act of agression” as US decides to deploy new forces in Iraq

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York, September 30, 2015

The Prime Minister of Iraq said on Thursday foreign troop deployment would be an “act of aggression” following the US President’s decision to send additional forces to Iraq to combat DAESH.

Iraqi PM Haider al Abadi said on Thursday on his official Twitter page that they didn’t request any additional troops to Iraq.

“Iraq reiterates its not in need for foreign military troops on the ground, we also did not request foreign troops. Any country that sends ground troops to Iraq, will be considered an assaulting country,” he said.

Abadi’s opposition came after US Defence Minister Ash Carter’s and Army Colonel Steve Warren’s separate statements saying that they would deploy around 100 special operations group in Iraq to support the fight against DAESH in Syria and Iraq.

On the contrary of Abadi’s words, Carter said, specialised expeditionary forces would be deployed “in full coordinatiton with the government of Iraq”.

Carter said the new deployed forces will assist Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces to put more pressure on DAESH.

“These special operators will over time be able to conduct raids, free hostages, gather intelligence, and capture ISIL leaders. That creates a virtuous cycle of better intelligence, which generates more targets, more raids, and more momentum," he added.

Two days after the Pentagon’s reveal of the new plan, US President Barack Obama told CBS that newly deployed forces’ support to combat DAESH in Iraq, wouldn’t mean another invasion like the US’s 2003 invasion of Iraq.

He defended the decision saying that it was already clear to the American people that the US is not going to do an “Iraq-style invasion of Iraq or Syria with battalions that are moving across the desert” also referring to former invasion in Iraq in 2003 called “Opearion Iraqi Freedom”.

He also said American people should feel confident about the US’s defense and go about their lives and added that DAESH would win if people react out of fear.

“If we start changing how we live, violating our values, they can't win on the battlefield. They can kill some innocent people, but that's not a victory for them if we respond appropriately," Obama said.


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