TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s high chief has warned visiting Iraqi prime minister a few prolonged presence of U.S. forces in Iran’s neighboring Arab nation.
The web site of the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday quotes him as telling Adel Abdul-Mahdi that Iraq’s authorities ought to take measures to take away American forces rapidly. He says the longer the U.S. forces are there, the tougher it will likely be to take away them.
Some 5,200 troops are stationed in Iraq as a part of a safety settlement with the Iraqi authorities to advise, help and help the nation’s troops within the battle in opposition to the Islamic State.
Tehran sees the U.S. army presence at its doorstep in Iraq as a risk — one that might additionally undermine Iran’s affect over Baghdad.
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