Iraq: PM Abdulmahdi, the Pentagon and request for naval base

Iraqi PM Adel Abdulmahdi is said to have rejected a request from the Pentagon to establish a naval base on the Iraqi coast for the US-led maritime coalition.

The Pentagon’s request came as part of US project to protect navigation in the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz from Iran’s threats.

Why did PM Abdulmahdi reject the request?

Were there any consequences for his position?

How did US Vice-President Mike Pence react?

How did the Pentagon react?

These key questions and more are answered in the following 296-word news report.

[Briefly reproduced in TR Defense Weekly Issue No 26/48 – November 29, 2019]

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