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National Security Advisor: Iraq Not to Allow US Military Deployment.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraq's National Security Advisor Falih al-Fayyadh underlined Baghdad's firm opposition to the US attempts to set up military bases in the country.

"The agreement between Iraq and the US-led coalition is only limited to the fight against the ISIL and military training of the Iraqi forces and there is no agreement on the deployment of these forces, including their ground troops, or their military bases on Iraq's soil," Fayyadh said, addressing a conference in Baghdad on Wednesday.

He added that the agreements between Iraq and the US-led coalitions are focused on mechanisms for fighting terrorism, cooperation on training the Iraqi forces and supplying weapons to Iraq within the framework of the country's national sovereignty.

Fayyadh also appreciated the countries which helped Iraq in the war on terrorism outside the framework of the US-led coalition, saying that Iran is a pioneering state in this regard.

He added that Iraq is opposed to any use of its soil as a base and platform to damage others, alluding to US President Donald Trump's statement that the US would use bases in Iraq as a means to "watch" Iran.

US President Doland Trump's remarks on military deployment in Iraq to watch Iran has evoked the growing scorn of Iraqi politicians and officials.

US troops do not have the right to use Iraq to "watch Iran," Iraqi President Barham Salih said earlier this month after Trump indicated American forces were there to do just that.

"We are surprised by the statements made by the US president on the presence of US troops in Iraq," Salih said at a forum in Baghdad. "Trump did not ask us to keep US troops to watch Iran."

In an interview, Trump said it was important to keep a military presence in Iraq so Washington could keep on eye on neighboring Iran.

The Iraqi president said US troops had no right to monitor Iran under the agreement between the two nations, and that their specific mission was to combat terrorism. He added that he would wait for clarifications from Washington on the numbers and nature of the US troops' mission in his country.

"Those forces do not have the right to monitor many things, including watching Iran. We will not allow this," he added.

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Date:Feb 20, 2019
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