Iraq says US troops leaving Syria can’t redeploy there and have to leave in 4 weeks, a fresh embarrassment in Trump’s botched withdrawal

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The 1,000 US troops leaving Syria will be allowed to stay in Iraq for at most four weeks, Iraq’s defense minister said Wednesday, in an embarrassing rebuff to President Donald Trump’s plans for withdrawing from Syria.

Najah al-Shammari’s comments to the Associated Press came shortly after his meeting with US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who went to Baghdad to negotiate the redeployment of US troops in Iraq after they withdrew from Syria.

The emergency meeting came after Esper announced on Monday that the American troops would be stationed along the Iraq-Syria border.

The announcement was seemingly made without bringing Iraq on board first, as the Iraqi government said hours later that the US had not secured permission to do so.

Article URL : https://www.businessinsider.com/us-troops-syria-can-stay-iraq-4-weeks-trump-embarrassed-2019-10

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