American magazine: Iraq is the only place Trump does not want to leave for these three reasons

American magazine: Iraq is the only place Trump does not want to leave for these three reasons

02/04/2020 12:57

American magazine - Iraq is the only place Trump does not want to leave for these three reasonsBaghdad today – translation

An American magazine, Tuesday (February 04, 2020), shed light on the decision of the Iraqi parliament to order the exit of American forces from Iraq, stressing that the only place that US President Donald Trump does not want to leave is Iraq, while she spoke about the most prominent reasons that make him want to stay.

In its report, The Atlantic magazine stated that “Donald Trump briefed the generals in the Pentagon about what he called (the losing war) in Afghanistan and their failure to end it. He described Syria as (sand and death), and complained that it was supposed to There would be a short-term blow to the United States, and it sought and failed to obtain a rapid withdrawal from both places, but it did not make any such promise to Iraq, adding: “In fact, Trump has recently presented the opposite issue, which is that approximately 5,000 US soldiers must remain over there”.

“The Iraqi parliament, when it voted to expel the American forces last month, out of anger over the strike that killed an Iranian general in Iraq without the approval of his government, Trump pledged not to leave at all, and threatened to impose sanctions if he was forced to do so,” the magazine added.

“Why is Iraq the only country that Trump seems to want to circumvent, especially since he participated in his campaign to oppose the 2003 war there?”, The magazine asked: “Given Trump’s statements that he defeated ISIS, why is he using the supposed victory out of Iraq as well as Syria? To the extent that Trump cares about Iraq at all?

“The answer that emerges from talks with current and former officials and advisors is three of Trump’s main enemies, who are ISIS, Barack Obama, and Iran,” she said.

“Trump understands that if we unilaterally withdraw and that this thing is set on fire again, he will own it in a way that Obama has after his withdrawal,” the magazine quoted Jack Kane, a retired and unofficial general adviser to the president on national affairs, as saying. Sensitive to what happened, and when his predecessor left Iraq, ISIS was a relic of the war that many Americans believed had ended.

The magazine noted that “Trump is on the path of 2016, and despite his regret for the United States that entered Iraq at all, and Obama’s withdrawal of his forces from Iraq in 2011, in addition to the latter being unable to secure a new agreement with the Iraqi government to keep them there For a longer period, ”pointing out that“ the return of ISIS forced Iraq to invite the American army to return to fight ISIS, which in the summer of 2014 was threatening genocide against the Yazidis and beheading the hostages, including the Americans. ”

And by 2016, Trump was convinced of two things, namely, that ISIS was Obama’s mistake, and the United States had to stay in Iraq to fight it, and the second thing, that Iraq is now (Harvard for terrorism), and this left only the option of caring for it. .

She noted that “Trump, upon taking office, accelerated the military campaign against ISIS, and achieved a great victory with the fall of the Islamic State’s capital in 2017, and in the spring of 2019, he announced ISIS’s regional defeat, and later that year, ISIS leader Abu Bakr was killed Al-Baghdadi himself during the US special operations raid.

She explained, “Trump, despite his private and public complaints about the expenses, has not promised to withdraw from Iraq, which is a pivotal starting point for fighting ISIS, and has focused on withdrawing forces from Syria, where the complex battlefield currently includes about 500 American soldiers against The competing interests of Turkey, NATO ally, and against the enemies of the United States such as Russia, the Syrian government, Iran, and the remnants of ISIS. ”

Moreover, Kane said, “It is the US military commanders in Iraq who are actually managing the American coalition war against ISIS in Syria, so we are managing Syria and Iraq, from Iraq.”

It showed, “The first time that Trump was ready to announce his victory over ISIS, in December 2018, was when ISIS was sticking to his last cuts from the ground,” explaining that “Trump may have discovered a double political benefit, and he could announce something like a major withdrawal.” Forces, and demand an end to war in one country, while also pledging to bring down ISIS, and so on. ”

And Trump added, “When Trump made an organized trip hastily to Iraq that month, he started talking about bringing the troops home from Syria, and he toured the huge Assad Air Force Base, in western Iraq, which he later called” the magnificent edifice, “and admired The size of its runways, then he told the forces there that they would stay to prevent ISIS from returning and protect the interests of the United States. ”

According to the magazine, the base of al-Assad talked about Trump’s real estate interests, saying: “It is clear that the United States built it, even though it was located in the Iraqi province of Anbar since the Yugoslav contractors helped put it there in the 1980s,” noting that “Trump He said, “We spent a fortune building this amazing base, and we may also keep it.” He continued, “One of the reasons I want to keep it is that I want to look a little at Iran, because Iran is a real problem.”

And the magazine continued, “This statement hinted in fact to a new stage of Trump’s involvement in the Middle East, and his priorities shifted from defeating ISIS to a campaign of pressure against Iran,” noting that “when ISIS was in full force, it considered both the United States and the forces Iran-backed Iran in the group has one enemy, as they have laid down their arms against the rebels instead of each other, as they did earlier in the Iraq war, but with the departure of ISIS and Trump’s pledge of a permanent intensification of sanctions against the Iranian regime, the common interests of Tehran and Washington in Iraq began to evaporate.

The magazine quoted the former ambassador to Iraq, Douglas Suleiman, who was present on Trump’s visit to Assad, as saying: “Iranian policy has adopted Iraq policy recently,” noting that “Trump’s problem with Iran in recent months has been exacerbated, as the militias started Iran-backed in Iraq, which left US forces alone during ISIS fighting in targeting them again, including missile attacks that ended in the death of an American contractor after Christmas, shortly thereafter, Trump killed the Iranian Supreme Commander, Qassem Soleimani, and established Trump How effective the United States is in watching a Iranians from Iraqi territory. ”

And it showed, “The irony is that the killing may end with Trump leading from one war zone, which he does not want to leave, in addition to Iraq requesting the United States to discuss a timetable for withdrawal, as the State Department reacted with open rejection, before easing its stance. “.

She emphasized, “The House of Representatives is putting pressure on the administration to restrict what the US military can do in Iraq, and in the meantime, American diplomats are pressing NATO countries to assume a greater role there, in line with Trump’s request, while Trump insisted that money be paid.” The air base the United States has not built, if the Americans are forced to leave. ”

She explained, “What followed Trump’s initial criticism, was intense diplomacy, and multiple rounds of appeals between senior leaders in Iraq and the United States to try to ease the headaches, in addition to internal political problems in Iraq,” noting that “the appointed prime minister just did not form a government, Two months after the resignation of his predecessor, which may delay any decision regarding the status of US forces.

She continued, “The American-Iraqi cooperation in combating ISIS stopped for a short time after the killing of Soleimani,” noting that “military officials are striving to secure an Iraqi permit, in order to host American defense systems against Iranian missile attacks, even if Iraq does not eventually bring out American forces.” , These developments show how political conflicts have military implications. ”

And with the possibility that Iraq might insist on the American exit, the former US ambassador says: “It is too early to determine what will happen.” He added, “As the Iraqis decide to form their next government, the parties may have some room to negotiate while giving the immediate political hype over Soleimani’s killing an opportunity.” Fading away, “noting that” stalling, wonders work. ”

The magazine concluded its report, saying, “Trump’s position on Iraq embodies a lot of tensions in his world view, and he hates wars, but he loves to kill terrorists, and he claims that he never wanted to enter Iraq, but he condemns the way Obama came out, in addition to He hates the expense of staying in Iraq, but more than that, he hates telling you what to do, and if he can’t leave Iraq on his own terms, he doesn’t want to go at all.