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Iraq says it is taking 'measures' over entry of US forces from Syria

FILE: Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi (File)
2019-10-23

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s prime minister on Wednesday (October 23) said Baghdad is taking “all international legal measures” over the entry of US troops from neighboring Syria, in an apparent attempt to assert his government’s opposition to the arrival of the American forces.

In a statement, Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi reiterated his government’s position that US troops pulling out of northeast Syria and moving into Iraq were not allowed to remain in his country, according to Reuters.

“We have [already] issued an official statement saying that and are taking all international legal measures. We ask the international community and the United Nations to perform their roles in this matter,” he said.

Abdul Mahdi’s statement was issued after he met US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday in an unannounced visit.

(NRT Digital Media/Reuters)