No Foreign Troops to Stay in Iraq: Defense Ministry
Foreign troops will leave Iraq in the future, and there will be no foreign forces in the country, said a spokesperson for Iraqi defense ministry.
Maj. Gen. Tahsin Khafaji told Sputnik on Tuesday that even the US forces, who are now present in Iraq on advisory roles, would leave in the future.
"Washington does not have any bases in Iraq. There is not even a single US base under US command in Iraq, in the first place. Secondly, all those present are advisers from the international coalition, there is coaching, plans for army training, logistical support, air force efforts," he said.
Khafaji explained that the role the US forces play is to provide the Iraqi army with military advice, arms and aerial operations in the war against the Islamic State.
"I believe that we have succeeded as a team in working with the international coalition and all friendly and fraternal countries to defeat terrorism… I confirm that there were no and there will be no foreign military forces on our borders and in our country.”
The official revealed that Baghdad is prepared for the post-US withdrawal era in Syria by fortifying its borders.
"We have high-level coordination with the US side through the international coalition and the joint command of the armed forces [of Iraq], and we have taken all the precautions at the border regarding the withdrawal of US troops from Syria,” he added.