Will the US withdraw from Iraq? - ABDULLAH MURADOĞLU

Will the US withdraw from Iraq?

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi stated that Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed by U.S. forces, was in Baghdad upon his invitation.

He added that he was planning to hold a meeting with Soleimani that very day. In other words, Soleimani was killed in the country which he was formally invited to by another foreign state which also maintains there in the form of several military bases. The utter absurdity of how all this sounds cannot be overstated.

It was widely known that General Soleimani has, for a while now, been striving to banish U.S. military presence from the country. Claims are circulating that his initiatives had yielded a positive result.

The U.S., in its turn, was attempting to sabotage these attempts by pressuring the Iraqi government.

However, a bill that foresaw the removal of U.S. forces was unanimously accepted in the Iraqi parliament.

The implementation of this decision will be authorized by the Iraqi Government. We will see if the Iraqi Government will be able to actually enforce it on the ground.

At the end of the day, the ouster of U.S. forces from Iraq was a strategic goal for Iran.

To this end, Qassem Soleimani was in very close contact with the Shia deputies in the Iraqi parliament.

Hence, being in a direct conflict with the U.S. in Iraq was contradictory to Iran’s said strategic goals.

The sustainability of the US military presence in Syria was largely dependent its military bases in Iraq.

The U.S. has been able to deploy thousands of truckloads of weapons to terror elements of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) through Iraq.

Iran in its turn gains land access to Syria and Lebanon through Iraq. For this reason, the U.S. military presence in Iraq is of vital significance to the Israelis and Saudis.

They may have sent a message to the Iraqi parliament by eliminating General Soleimani, but it seems that after this event U.S. soldiers are going to have a hard time remaining in the country.

The U.S. opened Pandora’s box when it invaded Iraq in 2003 and was caught in the web of its own design. It managed to topple the Saddam regime, however it broke Iraq by destablizing its ethnic and cultural make-up.

The U.S., known for spreading chaos in its wake, failed in its attempts. It failed to establish a new order even though it has had a military presence in the country for 17 years. The Iraqis, who had suffered at the hands of Saddam Hussein for years, considered the U.S. as their “savior.”

Those very same people now want American troops to leave their country.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he would not adhere to the Iraqi parliament’s decision unless they footed the bill for the money spent for the U.S. bases built in the country.

Trump has been threatening Iraq left and right saying, if Iraq asked U.S. forces to leave and it was not done on a friendly basis, "We will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever. It’ll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame.”

Trump has been saying from the very beginning that the U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria have to come home.

Trump must have been propelled into a co-production of the Neocons and Israel that he felt the need to pull the trigger on a new war with the Soleimani assassination.

Republican voters, who embraced the “America first” slogan, were proud of Trump for not being involved in the “stupid wars” that cost the taxpayers billions of dollars. Trump, who said that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was the “worst mistake in American history,” had slammed the Democrats for not impeaching President George W. Bush. Trump had also criticized Bush after he was elected as President. What a funny twist of fate; Donald Trump, the Republican president, is now facing impeachment at the hands of the Democrats.

The Democrats also accuse Trump of starting a new war with Iran, ignoring the authority of the U.S. Congress. It was known that Trump did not hobnob with the Neocons, but at this point he is exactly where they want him. The Neocons that led Bush to Iraq in 2003 now seem to have pushed Trump into a cursed game to start a war with Iran.

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