Esper arrives in Baghdad to discuss US troop deployments

Defence Secretary Mark
Esper arrived in Baghdad
today amidst reports that the
US may want to increase the
number of troops based in
Iraq at least temporarily.
Esper said that under the
current plan, all US troops
leaving Syria will go to
western Iraq and military
would continue to conduct
operations against the Islamic
State group to prevent its resurgence in the
region.

Russia and Turkey reached an
agreement yesterday to share
control of Syria’s northeast
that requires Kurdish fighters
to clear the entire length of
the Syria-Turkey border. The
agreement gives Kurdish
fighters another 150 hours
beginning this afternoon to
clear all remaining areas
alongside the 440-kilometer
Turkey-Syria border.