“Our presidents will be meeting tomorrow”, he told reporters, referring to talks between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russia, Iran, Iraq and Syria have agreed to establish a joint information center in Baghdad to coordinate their operations against ISIS. The deal effectively formalizes years of military collaboration among the four nations, which have intermittently been allies since the 1980s.
The US “provision of military support to illegal structures runs counter to the principles of modern worldwide law and the United Nations charter”, Putin said.
“We recognise that Iraq has an interest in sharing information on ISIL (IS) with other governments in the region who are also fighting ISIL”, Colonel Steve Warren told AFP. “We’re going to see that for the whole gamut of reasons”.
While most of his fellow Republican presidential hopefuls are calling for a bigger military effort to destroy the group, Trump said the US should reduce its already small footprint in Syria.
The United States is doing too little to stop the flow of fighters, according to the six-month study by Republicans and Democrats on the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee.
The report states that a few of the foreign fighters that flew to Syria initially did so to help oust President Bashar Assad, “but most are now joining the Islamic State (group), inspired to become a part of the group’s “caliphate” and to expand its repressive society”.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in an interview Sunday he was ready to discuss a “plan of action” for Syria’s post-war future. He is one of the great recruiting sergeants for Isil, ” he said. That is precisely what we are meeting on to talk about now. Russian Federation has expressed concern, as have other countries, that citizens who have joined in the fight in Syria could return home to continue their jihadist activities.
6 Iraq said it would be OK with Kremlin requests to conduct reconnaissance flights over its airspace. Baghdad is now negotiating with Moscow to buy more advanced weaponry.
Alternatively, the GOP front-runner said the US should let Russia take the lead in battling ISIS in Syria, where the Russian government is allied with the Assad regime. In comments to U.S. television networks that were released by the Kremlin on Sunday, Putin said United States support to rebels flouts worldwide rules.
The United States accuses Russia of sending its military and heavy weapons to help pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine seize territory and battle Ukrainian government forces, which Russia denies.
Administration officials aren’t expecting a resolution this week.
The disagreement over Assad raised questions about how Obama and Putin might find common ground during their meeting on the sidelines of the General Assembly.
John Kerry the Secretary of State also expressed his displeasure with the new organization having Syria involved.
The administration’s line on the timing of Mr. Assad stepping down has softened in recent weeks.
Despite Obama’s staunch opposition to Assad remaining in office, the USA has struggled to push him from power.
Western powers have recently softened their stance categorically rejecting a role for Mr Assad in any political solution to the conflict in Syria.
“We give the Iraqis the information they need to strike [ISIS] targets”, the defense official said.
Nathan Hodge in Moscow contributed to this article.