Tishwash: Fox News: The top commander of US forces is quietly returning to Iraq
A report broadcast by a US channel, today, Wednesday, that the Commander of the US Army Central Command, General Kenneth Mackenzie, returned to Iraq “calmly” after the troubled relations over the background of the killing of the Iranian Quds Force commander in a US raid in Baghdad, and the decision of the Iraqi parliament to leave foreign forces from the country.
The electronic newspaper of the American “Fox News” channel, in a report today, said that the supreme commander of the American forces in the Middle East has quietly returned to Iraq in an attempt to repair relations after the killing of Soleimani,
adding that the supreme commander of the American forces in the Middle East visited Iraq Yesterday, without much fanfare, as the United States is trying to eliminate an Iraqi move to remove American forces after the attack that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani , on Iraqi soil.
She explained that McKenzie met with the leaders in Baghdad and visited US forces at the Assad Air Force Base , which Iran bombed last month. “I think we will be able to find a way forward,
” McKinsey told reporters, when he left Iraq , noting that he was “optimistic” about the meetings.
He admitted that due to the current strained relations, joint military operations and exercises between the American and Iraqi forces have shrunk.
McKinsey said that relations are still experiencing a period of “turmoil” but that there are “ways to move forward,” and that US Special Operations forces are still carrying out missions with Iraqi forces.
The commander of the US Army Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie, arrived in Iraq on Tuesday, and met with President Barham Salih and Parliament Speaker Muhammad Al-Halbousi , as well as resigned Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, and according to separate statements issued by the three leaders, bilateral relations were discussed.
On January 5, 2020, the Iraqi Council of Representatives decided to compel the government to end the foreign presence in Iraq and end the assistance of the international coalition in combating ISIS. link
Tishwash: THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC RECEIVES THE COMMANDER OF THE US ARMY CENTRAL COMMAND
Today, Tuesday 4-2-2020 in Baghdad, the President of the Republic, Dr. Barham Salih, received the Commander of the US Army Central Command, General Kenneth Mackenzie.
During the meeting, the President of the Republic stressed the need to develop friendship between the two countries, coordination and cooperation in the field of combating terrorism, stressing that Iraq will not be an arena for international and regional conflict and rivalry.
Mr. President added that we seek to build good relations with everyone, and we have no interest in being drawn into side conflicts.
The House of Representatives decision to withdraw the foreign forces was also discussed, and the importance of respecting and strengthening the national sovereignty of Iraq and its independent national decision and protecting its security and stability were emphasized.
In turn, the Commander of the US Army Central Command affirmed his country’s keenness to continue joint cooperation against terrorism, support the capabilities and training of Iraqi forces, and enhance Iraq’s security and stability.
Media Office of the Presidency of the Republic
on Tuesday 4-2-2020 link