The Iraqi government has denied reports in the local and international media that it has signed a deal with the United States that would allow US forces to stay in Iraq after the defeat of ISIL group in the country.
“We emphasize that there are no combat forces from any country on the Iraqi territories in the first place so that we can discuss [whether] they can stay or not,” said a statement from Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi’s office Friday morning.
The government denies having any deals with any foreign country on keeping troops in Iraq post ISIL.
“The Iraqi government did not reach a deal with any country in relations to its military role with Iraq for the stage after the decisive victory over terrorism,” the Iraqi government added.
Baghdad said it has its own plans and strategies to face future challenges by advancing the Iraqi army through training and arming its forces.