American diplomat: US looks to counter Iran in post war Iraq

By , on December 11, 2017


The U.S. government acknowledging Thursday that it has detained an American citizen accused of fighting with the Islamic State for more than two months without fulfilling his request to see a lawyer.  (Pixabay photo)
U.S. Ambassador Douglas Silliman says that Washington is focused on keeping the peace and rebuilding, and sees Iran’s influences as a problem (Pixabay photo)

BAGHDAD — The American ambassador says that as Iraq emerges from three years of war with the Islamic State group, the United States is looking to roll back the influence of neighbouring Iran in the country and help its government resolve the dispute with the Kurdish region.

U.S. Ambassador Douglas Silliman says that Washington is focused on keeping the peace and rebuilding, and sees Iran’s influence as a problem.

He says “the Iranians have — to some extent — assisted the government of Iraq in defeating” IS but haven’t helped with aide nor have they been “contributing to the U.N. stabilization program.”

Silliman says Washington is encouraged by recent Iraqi efforts to reach out to allies Saudi Arabia and Jordan, and hopes they will play a bigger role in Iraq going forward.