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 Trump discusses US role in Mideast

U.S. President Donald Trump has revealed that yet another country may normalize relations with Israel.

During comments about the 15 September ceremony at the White House when Israel and the United Arab Emirates will sign a peace accord, the U.S. leader said, “and we could have another country added into that. And I will tell you, countries are lining up that want to go into it.” He then added that, “what ultimately will happen is you’re going to have quite a few countries come in. The big ones are going to be coming in. I spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia, so we’re talking, we just started the dialogue.”

The American leader further asserted his belief that the Palestinians will ultimately join the rising number of nations seeking diplomatic ties with the Jewish State. “The Palestinians will get back into the fold. And when they see all of these countries that, frankly, have been supporters of the Palestinians, very big supporters and certainly financial supporters. As you know, we’ve used to pay the Palestinian $750 millions a year. And I ended that some time ago on the basis that they didn’t seem to want to make peace. And we’ll think about it once we have a deal. But I’ve ended that quite a while ago. Frankly, surprised they haven’t been to the table earlier,” he said.

Trump also claimed that if he is reelected in the upcoming 3 November Presidential elections that Iran will have no alternative but to “sign a deal with us very, very rapidly” within as little as “a week.” He then said, “but let’s give ourselves a month” because of the drop in Iran’s GDP by “an unheard of” 25%. “And they’d like to be able to get back to having a successful country again,” he commented.

President Trump went on to reiterate his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from the Middle East, which constitutes a significant scale back of the American presence in the region. “Iraq, we will be down to about 2,000 soldiers in a very short period of time; and, in Syria, for the most part we are out other than we kept the oil. We have soldiers guarding the oil, not too many I think, a small number. But they’re guarding the oil and we are helping the Kurds. We’re making their lives much more pleasant because of the fact that we have the oil. So, we are pretty much out of Syria, we are pretty much out of Iraq,” he said.

In related developments, a Katyusha rocket exploded the vicinity of Baghdad’s international airport in the second such attack against the compound in less than a week. While no damage was reported in the latest strike, four civilian vehicles were damaged when three Katyusha rockets detonated at an airport garage on 6 September.

Additionally, three separate incidents were reported last week in which unknown assailants launched several rockets toward Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses most of the foreign diplomatic missions in the Iraqi capital.

None of the attacks are known to have caused any casualties.

According to Western Intelligence sources, most of the subversion is believed to have been executed by Iranian proxies intent on exacerbating tensions within its conflict-ridden neighbor.