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President Salih said that to his knowledge American forces are only in Iraq to assist in the fight against terrorism. President Trump’s plan to maintain a military presence in Iraq to “watch” over neighboring Iran has been rejected by Iraqi President Barham Salih. According to The Washington Post, President Salih declined the request stating that the United States should not burden Iraq with its own “policy priorities.” During an interview on CBS, President Trump said that…

Salih has named Shia politician Adel Abdul Mahdi as prime minister-designate and has tasked him with forming a new government. Kurdish politician Barham Salih has been elected as Iraq’s new president. State television reports that Iraq’s legislators elected Salih as president on Tuesday after a dispute between the two main Kurdish parties delayed the vote, eventually forcing them to choose between 20 nominees. Shia legislator Hamid al-Moussawi revealed that the session was delayed because the…