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BAGHDAD/PRINCE SULTAN AIR BASE, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – U.S. forces that crossed into Iraq as share of a pull-out from Syria attain now no longer contain permission to end and could per chance moreover easiest be there in transit, the Iraqi military stated on Tuesday.

Boys wave in direction of a convoy of U.S. autos withdrawing from northern Syria, in Erbil, Iraq October 21, 2019. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

U.S. Protection Secretary Label Esper stated, alternatively, that Washington aimed no longer without extend to bring the troops withdrawing from Syria motivate to the United States.

The Iraqi military observation contradicted the Pentagon’s announcement that every of the unbiased about 1,000 troops withdrawing from northern Syria are anticipated to pass to western Iraq to proceed the advertising and marketing campaign against Islamic Assert militants and “to back defend Iraq”.

“All U.S. forces that withdrew from Syria got approval to enter the Kurdistan Discipline so that they’re incessantly transported commence air Iraq. There could be now no longer such a thing as a permission granted for these forces to end inner Iraq,” the Iraqi military stated.

Esper stated Washington’s plot turned into once for the troops now no longer to remain in Iraq.

“The purpose isn’t to end in Iraq interminably, the purpose is to pull our troopers out and never without extend get them motivate residence,” Esper stated on the Prince Sultan Air Nasty come Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Esper stated the crucial aspects had now no longer but been worked out on how long the U.S. troops would end in Iraq and he could presumably per chance be having discussions with his Iraqi counterpart on Wednesday.

It’s some distance unclear whether or now no longer the U.S. troops will exercise Iraq as a imperfect to commence ground raids into Syria and accomplish air strikes against Islamic Assert militants.

The further U.S. troops would add to the more than 5,000 American troops already essentially based totally in the country, coaching Iraqi forces and helping to invent certain that Islamic Assert militants attain now no longer invent a comeback.

“NOT A MERCENARY FORCE”

Esper, speaking in front of a Patriot missile battery where he turned into once assembly U.S. troops, stated Saudi Arabia had agreed to back underwrite the deployment to the kingdom. He did now no longer provide crucial aspects on what particularly Saudi Arabia had agreed to pay for.

The United States has deployed hundreds of additional military forces in contemporary months to bolster Saudi defenses, at the side of an air expeditionary wing and air defense personnel.

That involves radar methods, Patriot missiles and enhance personnel to bolster Saudi Arabia’s defenses after the supreme-ever attack on the kingdom’s oil facilities on Sept. 14.

Some experts contain criticized President Donald Trump’s administration for announcing that Saudi Arabia will pay for the deployment of U.S. troops to the Kingdom, suggesting it makes the U.S. military a mercenary force.

Trump has continuously stated that Saudi Arabia would pay for the contemporary U.S. deployments.

“We’re now no longer a mercenary force,” Esper stated.

“Mercenary forces attain things for the pay, we are doing this (to).. back defend our allies, 2d to deter Iran so we don’t contain an increasing number of cross habits, and third defend the worldwide strategies essentially based totally expose,” he added.

Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed in Baghdad and Idrees Ali in Prince Sultan Air Nasty, Saudi Arabia; Writing by Ahmed Aboulenein; Modifying by Angus MacSwan and Ed Osmond