Iraq PM Reiterates: No Foreign Combat Troops on the Ground

Tells Sunni Tribal Leaders to Give Up on Foreign Invasion

Iraqi Prime Minister Hayder Abadi today reiterated his opposition to the use of any foreign combat troops in Iraq, saying that “no ground troops from any superpower, international coalition or regional power will fight here.”

Absent from Abadi’s comments are the foreign troops already in Iraq, which include a small number of Australian troops, US military advisers, and an unknown number of Iranian Quds Force fighters.

Abadi’s comments rather reflected an opposition to sending such troops of offensive missions to retake lost territory, and came with a warning for Sunni tribal leaders to give up on the idea of foreigners retaking the ISIS-held territory for them.

Ultimately, foreign troops are likely to be more of a case-by-case basis for the Abadi government, with discreet aid from Shi’ite ally Iran undoubtedly much more welcome than troops from Saudi Arabia, or other Gulf nations which have suggested involvement, but which aren’t on good terms with Iraq’s ruling Shi’ite government.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.