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Iraq: Locals give mixed reactions to PM Sudani's defence of foreign presence in country04:15

Iraq: Locals give mixed reactions to PM Sudani's defence of foreign presence in country

Iraq, Baghdad
January 17, 2023 at 17:09 GMT +00:00 · Published

The locals of Baghdad expressed mixed feelings after Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani defended the open presence of American and other foreign forces in Iraq. However, the general mood of the people resented the development.

Some locals blamed the building of ISIS in Iraq, owing to these foreign factions. "The neighboring countries have been involved in the continuation of ISIS, because the neighboring countries seek to keep Iraq vulnerable", said a local.

Another local said, "ISIS is supported by European countries, especially America and colonial Powers. Moreover, when ISIS entered Iraq, the Americans stated it was an internal issue and did not interfere". He added, "They were helping and supporting ISIS, and provided its fighters with weapons and treatment for the wounded."

However, some locals spoke in favour of the decision. "The presence of foreign forces is a necessity in Iraq, due to the lack of experience of the Iraqi security forces while the foreign forces are well-trained also they are blessed with security in their homeland. It is therefore imperative that there be a foreign army in our country", said a local.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani defended the open-ended presence of US and other foreign troops in Iraq in an interview published Sunday.

"We think that we need the foreign forces. US and NATO forces train Iraqi soldiers to fight the Islamic State group. Elimination of ISIS needs some more time," Sudani told The Wall Street Journal in his first US interview since taking office in October.

Iraq: Locals give mixed reactions to PM Sudani's defence of foreign presence in country04:15
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The locals of Baghdad expressed mixed feelings after Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani defended the open presence of American and other foreign forces in Iraq. However, the general mood of the people resented the development.

Some locals blamed the building of ISIS in Iraq, owing to these foreign factions. "The neighboring countries have been involved in the continuation of ISIS, because the neighboring countries seek to keep Iraq vulnerable", said a local.

Another local said, "ISIS is supported by European countries, especially America and colonial Powers. Moreover, when ISIS entered Iraq, the Americans stated it was an internal issue and did not interfere". He added, "They were helping and supporting ISIS, and provided its fighters with weapons and treatment for the wounded."

However, some locals spoke in favour of the decision. "The presence of foreign forces is a necessity in Iraq, due to the lack of experience of the Iraqi security forces while the foreign forces are well-trained also they are blessed with security in their homeland. It is therefore imperative that there be a foreign army in our country", said a local.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani defended the open-ended presence of US and other foreign troops in Iraq in an interview published Sunday.

"We think that we need the foreign forces. US and NATO forces train Iraqi soldiers to fight the Islamic State group. Elimination of ISIS needs some more time," Sudani told The Wall Street Journal in his first US interview since taking office in October.