Sadr opposes proposed US military bases in Kurdistan Region

Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. File Photo
Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. File Photo

( ERBIL — Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr recently condemned growing US military influence in Iraq, especially in Kurdistan Region, and alleged that the US is setting up military bases in the region.

Sadr on Friday said that the ‘Iraqi government should react against a US plan to establish military bases in the Kurdistan Region’.

“The Iraqi government must prevent such a plan before its too late,” Sadr urged Baghdad.

Despite al-Sadr’s allegations there is no official statement yet confirming a US plan to build bases in Kurdistan Region. These allegations arose after Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga Ministry and US Department of Defense signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on July 12.

According to the MoU, Washington will commit to provide Kurdish Peshmerga forces with financial and military assistance until ISIS is completely defeated.

Shi’ite militia groups, including Hashd al-Shaabi and Asiab Ahl al-Haq, have also stated earlier that ‘Iraq does not need foreign troops to participate in Mosul’s liberation’ as according to them ‘Iraqi forces alone are capable of retaking Mosul and other territories’.


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  1. The Iranian paid agent Al-Sadr already knows there is no plans by the US to build a military base in the Kurdistan region. This idea was being peddled by Iranian news weeks ago and now the paid agent of Iran is mouthing the Iranian program. I think the Iraqi military has been on to Al-Sadr for a long time and is just watching.

  2. Dear Sadr,
    You do not need to consider kurdish territorry as a matter of your interest. Nor should be sunnis areas of your ambitions. Previously said you may well be at the hearth of the country problems.
    Saddam was a secular issue. I see no difference if religiuous context cause similar consequences – and similar end solution for perpetrators.
    Frankly said, I do hope that circumstances will not offer you the chance to behave like a conquistador in the name of Allah and of course in the name your economical interests.

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