The US delegation who had recently visited Baghdad focused on the future of the American forces in Iraq and the means to confront the Iranian intervention in the Middle East, according to a well informed source.
The source also asserted that the delegation expressed its willingness to establish US permanent bases in Iraq.
The US administration wants to decrease the Iranian influence in Iraq by increasing its presence in the country.
The source pointed that Washington is deeply concerned about the Iranian-backed militias (IMIS) influence in Iraq.
The delegation also stressed that the US will keep the existing five bases, pointing that the current number of US troops in Iraq is now 22,000 soldiers, trainers and consultants and predicted that this number could increase up to 40,000 troops.
(Source: The Baghdad Post)