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Iraq

Council of Ministers: no foreign combat forces in Iraq

By Rudaw 23/3/2015
Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran's elite Qods force, has long played an influential role in Iraq.  AP file photo.
Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran's elite Qods force, has long played an influential role in Iraq. AP file photo.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq’s Council of Ministers on Monday denied there were any foreign combat forces in the country, reacting to reports that Iranian forces have been fighting alongside the Iraqi Army in the war with ISIS.

“There are no combat forces in Iraq from any country. The role of all non-Iraqi military personnel is advisory,” said a statement from the council’s media office.

The Iraqi government “has always been open about the role of military advisors whether they came from Iran, USA, or other countries that have been supporting Iraq in its confrontation with Daesh (ISIS),” the statement added.

It came a day after Kurdish lawmaker in the Iraqi parliament, Shakhawan Abdullah, claimed there were 30,000 Iranian soldiers and military experts in Iraq, warning that was a “threat to Iraq’s sovereignty.”

The MP's claims “came as a surprise,” the ministers said in their statement.

“It's clear to Iran and all Iraq's friends who have military advisors in Iraq that Iraq's sovereignty must be respected. They have been operating in coordination with the Iraqi government,” the statement said.

Comments

 
Polish Patriot | 23/3/2015
They should do stand up comedy! This facade will crumble soon, and they will show their true intentions. This does not bode well... Biji Kurdistan!
Muraz Adzhoev | 23/3/2015
How this council of ministers in Baghdad has been coordinating military efforts provided by the US-led coalition and Iran? Is there a US-Iraq-Iran advisory committee in Baghdad, responsible for joint tactical and strategic planing of military operations to defeat ISIS terror groups in Sunni Arab provinces, that de-facto are separated from failed Iraqi Federation? Is the Commander-in-Chief of the Peshmerga forces of de-facto independent Southern Kurdistan the permanent member of a Joint Anti-Terror Military Headquarter led by the US, perhaps in cooperation with Iran? Let the former Iraqis and the international community know exactly, what is going on there in Baghdad, the only formally yet recognized sovereign part of deadly divided Iraq.
Sudad Zanganah | 23/3/2015
We do not know what to believe anymore. When, any article comes out should be reliable and truth. We do not know who is lying in this case and we are certain Kaka Shakhawan is the one is telling the truth. However, RUDAW should clarify that for the world.
Suri | 24/3/2015
It must be a joke! The council must have been hiding in their offices, because it is obvious that they have no clue as what is going on outside. Iran has already been in charge of the Iraqi government for a while!
Remo K
Remo K | 24/3/2015
30,000 Iranian advisers!!! You learn something new in Iraq everyday.
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