U.S. military: Iraq signaled its willingness to strengthen military ties with the United States

Chief of Staff of U.S. military: Iraq signaled its willingness to strengthen military ties with the United States

08/20/2012 12:58

“Iraqi gate” Bagram (Afghanistan) – The chief of staff of the American military Gen. Martin Dempsey said Iraq signaled its willingness to strengthen military ties with the United States, eight months after the withdrawal of U.S. troops from that country.

It is scheduled to visit Iraq, General Dempsey this week after talks in Afghanistan, to be the highest U.S. official to visit the country rank since the end of the task of U.S. troops in it.

Dempsey acknowledged in a statement to reporters from the plane that was carrying him to Afghanistan in late Sunday that Iran’s arch-foe Washington, is trying to expand its influence in Iraq, but the Iraqi leadership wants to build relations with the U.S. military.

“I think that (the Iraqi leadership) realized that they missed the opportunity to establish more normal relations with us,” referring to the discussions with the Iraqi military command.

He explained, “I do not mean that we will come back to Iraq.”

“I think that (Iraqi officials) realized that their needs to be further developed, and I think they are trying to communicate with us to see if we can help them in this area.”

He said the defense minister and the commander of the Iraqi army inquired about the possibility of action exercises with the U.S. military and the training of Iraqi officers, and other forms of “security cooperation”.

Dempsey’s visit comes amid growing concerns in Washington that Iran may be sending supplies to the Syrian regime across Iraq.

He did not comment directly on that Dempsey, but he said, “I will discuss our concerns, of course, of Iranian influence in Syria.”

The U.S. General also said he could not confirm the news that Tehran circumvent economic sanctions imposed on it by banks and financial markets Iraqi what they can get from the U.S. currency necessary to them.

He explained, “read the report. It requested the maximum amount of information on this issue. ”

He said he expected that Iran wants to strengthen its presence in Iraq in the event of the fall of the Syrian regime ally to them.

“I think that if they lost their place in Syria, they will seek to increase their influence in Iraq. Understanding of the strategic point of going to seek to get another way out. ”
Source: albawwaba