Neither Daesh nor US welcomed in Iraq: Cmdr.

The commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces has censured a recent announcement by Washington to send more troops to the conflict-ridden country, saying there is no place for either the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group or US forces in the Arab state.
Hadi al-Ameri made the remarks in a statement released on Tuesday, one day after US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said that 560 more US troops will be sent to Iraq.
Ameri expressed his opposition to the presence of US soldiers on Iraqi soil, noting that “the Iraqi people refuse to replace ISIL (Daesh) with the Americans.”
"Our decision: Iraq is neither a place for ISIL nor for US,” he added.
The fresh deployment will bring the official number of US servicemen in Iraq to 4,647. 

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter (L) is welcomed by Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obaidi in Baghdad, Iraq, July 11, 2016. ©AP

Most of the US soldiers will allegedly help build up the Qayyarah air base as a staging hub for the long-awaited battle to recapture Mosul, the provincial capital of Nineveh, from Daesh militants. The airfield, situated south of Mosul, was retaken by Iraqi soldiers on Saturday. 
However, Ameri emphasized that Iraqi forces are able to defend their country and liberate it from the Takfiri elements.
"Let the world know that Iraqis are capable of liberating their country. As we liberated Baiji, Fallujah and Qayyarah we will liberate Mosul," he added.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has vowed the liberation of Mosul in the near future, saying the national flag would be raised in the country's second largest city.
The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by gruesome violence ever since Daesh terrorists began their reign of terror in the country in June 2014.
Iraqi army troops and allied volunteer fighters are seeking to win back militant-held regions in joint operations.



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