Baghdad denies US asked to send troops to Syria

<p style="text-align:left">Iraqi Ministry of Defense refuted on Monday the reports claiming that Washington has asked Baghdad to send forces to northeastern Syria to replace the US troops that are planned to quit.

Earlier on Monday, Sky News cited a "political source" as claiming that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and PM Adil Abdul-Mahdi had discussed the matter in their recent phone call.
News being "circulated on some media outlets regarding the existence of a deal or negotiations to allow the entry of the Iraqi armed forces 70 kilometers into the Syrian territory," are baseless, according to a statement issued by the Defense Ministry, as cited by Kurdistan 24.
However, the statement explained that Iraq is ready to prevent any infiltration attempts from the Syrian border areas.
"The Iraqi forces are ready to counter any infiltration attempts and our forces have fully secured the Iraqi-Syrian border."
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