‘Iran ready for security co-op with Iraq after US troops departure’

July 10, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN, July 9 (MNA) – Iranian Ambassador to Iraq Hassan Danaiifar has said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to establish security cooperation with Iraq after a pullout of the United States troops from the war-torn country.

“Iran is ready to have security cooperation with Iraq, and supply weapons to the country and train Iraqi security forces after the end of the year 2011 and the departure of U.S. troops,” Ambassador Danaiifar said.
According to a security pact between the U.S. and Iraq, the end of the year 2011 is the deadline for the pullout of virtually all remaining American forces in Iraq.
However, the U.S. officials have already signaled a willingness to keep as many as 10,000 troops in Iraq after the end of the year.
According to Los Angeles Times, Unless Iraq asks for a change in its 2008 agreement with the George W. Bush administration, only about 200 active-duty troops would remain as advisors after December. More than 166,000 American troops were in Iraq in 2007 when the U.S. military presence there peaked. There are about 46,000 remaining.