US Defense Secretary in Iraq begs for military stay. Pentagon chief Mark Esper has paid an unannounced visit to Baghdad for high-level talks.
His unscheduled visit came days after Washington withdrew its military forces from Syria into Iraq.
US Defense Secretary in Iraq
Meanwhile, sources said that Esper is begging for US military stay in meetings with Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi.
Similarly, he discussed the same with his Iraqi counterpart, Najah Hassan Ali al-Shammari today on Wednesday.
More than 100 US military vehicles crossed into Iraq from northeastern Syria on Monday.
Esper in Saudi Arabia
While speaking in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, Esper said he planned to hold talks with Iraqi authorities regarding the redeployment.
However, he added that US troops stay in Iraq would remain temporary.
Furthermore, he said Washington sought to “eventually get them home.”
Washington has currently 5,200 troops based in Iraq on a purported mission to fight the Daesh terror group, which collapsed in the Arab country in late 2017.
Trump had earlier raised anger and concerns in Iraq by saying that Washington’s presence in the country was meant to “keep an eye” on neighboring Iran.
US forces transferring Daesh
Citing media and local sources, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported that American forces had recently relocated the terrorists.
US hosts ISIS in Syria, Iraq
It referred that the US keeps Daesh members at al-Hol refugee camp, close to the Syria-Iraq borde. Interestingly, Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) run the camp.
US forces transferring Daesh
Reportedly, 230 foreign terrorists from Daesh transferred from al-Malikiyah prison to a detention center in al-Shaddadi town in southern Hasakah.
Since October 9, SANA said, US forces have transported hundreds of Daesh extremists and their relatives in six phases.
Interestingly, US did it when Turkey and its allied militants launched a ground offensive against Kurdish forces.
US also facilitates ISIS families
According to the report, US forces also turned illegal base in Shaddadi into a place of accommodation for Daesh terrorists and their families.
Earlier, US forces brought them from al-Hol camp and prisons across Syria to the base. They did that to transport ISIS militants on board military helicopters to Iraq.
Amazingly, US forces have airlifted many Daesh terrorists from one place in Syria to another, under the cover of darkness. The US is seeking to protect them in the face of Syrian governement advancement and territorial gains. However, US wants to coverup their alliance with the Takfiri extremists.
Syrians welcome government troops
Meanwhile, in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, dozens of people gathered to express support for the deployment of government forces.
Notably, they lauded Syrian government troops deployment in the Kurdish-populated border towns in the wake of Turkey’s offensive.