Iraq says US troops leaving Syria are not allowed to stay in country
The Iraqi military said Tuesday that US troops withdrawing from Syria amid a Turkish offensive are not permitted to stay in Iraq and will move outside the country.
The US troops had obtained permission to enter from the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq and will be later transferred outside of Iraq, the Iraqi military said in a statement carried by official INA news agency.
“There is no approval for these troops to stay inside Iraq,” it added.
On Monday, a convoy of US troops crossed from Syria into Iraq’s northern province of Dohuk, in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Turkey launched its offensive in north-eastern Syria on October 9, saying it was targeting Islamic State and the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), after Washington decided to pull back its troops.
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