Secretary of State Mike Pompeo indicated that “we want a free, independent Iraq. You can see it. You can see it in the protests in Iraq… They don’t want to be under the jackboot of the Islamic Republic of Iran”. He further remarked that “we have been in Iraq to do two things: to defeat the caliphate, which we are now complete with, to continue our effort to make sure that ISIS doesn’t arise again and pose risk to the American people; and second, we’re working to help build out Prime Minister Kadhimi and his team so that they can be free, independent and sovereign in exactly the way the Iraqi people are demanding”.
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