Informed sources: USA plans a permanent military presence in Iraq and its forces exceed (10) thousand
News reports published today, Tuesday , showed that USA has enhanced its long term presence in Iraq by erecting large military bases in three locations at least .
Moreover, the reports quoted sources describing informed, asserting that the US occupation forces have actually started to transform of (Aien Al-Asad )and (Qayyara)bases in Anbar and Nineveh provinces to large military bases amid news about the intention of the US administration to talk with those who are described as the officials in Iraqi Kurdistan about converting of Erbil Airport to a military base or establishing alternative base in Rabe'a area at the border with Syria.
According to officers in the government forces and in the current ministry of defense ,Washington is searching for a large air base in the region to be a substitute for the Turkish" Incirlik" base which its closure in the middle of last year due to the failed coup attempt has stirred USA to look for a replacement ,explaining that the pace of movement in the isolated part of Aien Al-Asad Base has escalated since nearly three months ,as some of new buildings have risen at a time ,the US military vehicles and military personnel have increased.
In the same context, unofficial statistics illustrated that US military presence in Iraq had reached its peak before the starting of aggression on Mosul ,so that; the number of its troops has amounted to 10 thousand till now which can be increased .Meanwhile, observers believed that America is trying to achieve a peaceful military return to Iraq under the pretext of balancing the growing Russian military presence in Syria.