UPDATE 1-Iraq says U.S. forces withdrawing from Syria have no approval to stay

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UPDATE 1-Iraq says U.S. forces withdrawing from Syria have no approval to stayU.S. forces that crossed into Iraq as part of a pull-out from Syria do not have permission to stay and can only be there in transit, the Iraqi military said on Tuesday. The Iraqi statement contradicts the Pentagon’s announcement that all of the nearly 1,000 troops withdrawing from northern Syria are expected to move to western Iraq to continue the campaign against Islamic State militants and “to help defend Iraq”. A senior U.S. defence official later clarified that the situation was still fluid and plans could change.


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