US to Set Up 4 New Military Bases in Iraq

TEHRAN (FNA)- The US Army is planning to establish several new military bases in al-Anbar province in Western Iraq, Iraqi media sources reported.

“The US intends to set up four permanent bases equipped with advanced military equipment in different cities across al-Anbar province,” the Arabic-language Al-Maloumeh news website quoted a security source in al-Anbar province as saying.

The source noted that the US military bases will be established in Ma’askar Tareq in Fallujah region, San al-Zib base North of al-Baghdadi, al-Khafaseh in the town of Hadisa town and another one located between the towns of Ravah and Biji West of the city of al-Ramadi.

“The number of the US military bases in Iraq’s al-Anbar province will increase to 9 after the four bases are set up,” it added.

However, there has yet been no report on reasons or justifications behind setting up more military bases in al-Anbar province.

In a relevant development on Sunday, Iraqi sources reported that Washington has deployed large groups of soldiers in Western Iraq; a number of its military forces who were earlier stationed in Syria.

The sources were quoted by Russia’s RT news channel as saying that dozens of US troops stationed in Syria have been relocated to Ein al-Assad base in al-Anbar province in Western Iraq.

“Reports that the US forces who have left Syria are now stationed in Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan region are not all true. A major part of these forces have gone to Ein al-Assad base in al-Anbar province and a number of others have been deployed in the military bases in other Iraqi provinces,” they added.

According to the sources, the US forces are still stationed at the Iraqi-Syrian borders and have not left Syria completely.

An informed source said on Saturday that a large number of state-of-the-art US-made weapons had been dispatched to Ein al-Assad airbase in al-Anbar province.

“A number of US military planes, carrying weapons and military equipment, arrived at Ein al-Assad airbase in al-Baghdadi region in the town of Hit in Western al-Ramadi. No reason has yet been cited for these flights to the airbase and the details about the weapons which are said to be advanced,” the source was quoted as saying by Iraq’s al-Wa’e news agency.

He added that a few days ago, a large number of US military vehicles had also arrived at Ein al-Assad, noting that the American forces take assistance from the security companies for transferring military equipment to their positions in Iraq and the military men are sent to different places on planes.

Iraq’s Ein al-Assad airbase hosted US President Donald Trump on December 26 before the New Year. Trump underlined in his remarks that he did not intend to withdraw forces from Iraq at all.

US Army Sends 4,000 More Troops to Iraq’s Kirkuk Province

TEHRAN (FNA)- The US Army has dispatched several thousands more forces to its military base in Kirkuk province, media sources said.

“A sum of 4,000 fresh US troops and officers at different levels of military ranking and expertise together with heavy military vehicles and advanced weaponry as well as fighter jets arrived in K1 military base in Kirkuk province,” the Arabic-language al-Maloumeh quoted former commander of Iraq’s Badr Organization Mehdi al-Bayati as saying.

Al-Bayati said that the K1 military base resembles Ain al-Assad military base of al-Anbar province in terms of the massive presence of the US troops and suspicious movements taking place there.

He noted the US troops have arrived in Kirkuk province via Erbil, and said, “The US forces have also set up several military patrols in the surrounding areas of Kirkuk, including al-Hawija and al-Riyadh regions.”

Al-Bayati said that the reason for the US military buildup in Kirkuk is still unknown, adding that concerns are growing among the public and politicians about the American troops’ presence in the region, while many suspect that the US aims to re-establish the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)’s control over Kirkuk.

In a relevant development on Sunday, Iraqi sources reported that Washington has deployed large groups of soldiers in Western Iraq.

The sources were quoted by Russia’s RT news channel as saying that dozens of US troops stationed in Syria have been relocated to Ein al-Assad base in al-Anbar province in Western Iraq.

“Reports that the US forces who have left Syria are now stationed in Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan region are not all true. A major part of these forces have gone to Ein al-Assad base in al-Anbar province and a number of others have been deployed in the military bases in other Iraqi provinces,” they added.

According to the sources, the US forces are still stationed at the Iraq