Disclosure of two requests made by Al-Kazemi to Biden: “It deserves some thought.”

Disclosure of two requests made by Al-Kazemi to Biden: “It deserves some thought.”

2021-08-11 07:47

Disclosure of two requests made by Al-Kazemi to Biden - It deserves some thoughtShafaq News/ The American magazine “Defense One” specialized in military affairs revealed, on Wednesday, that Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi submitted two requests to US President Joe Biden during his recent visit to Washington, stressing that the US strategy in dealing with Iraq was corrected to be “normal”. And diversion of US aid to flow in order to strengthen the military and state institutions.

In a report written by the former adviser to the US Department of Defense on the Middle East, Bilal Saab, a researcher at the American “Middle East Institute”, and translated by Shafaq News Agency, the magazine said that “Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi made two requests to President Joe Biden when they met on July 26 The past in the White House: First, ending Washington’s combat mission in Iraq while maintaining US military assistance there.

She indicated that the first part of his speech was directed mostly to Al-Kazemi’s audience in Iraq, while the second part deserves some thought.

The magazine stated that “Al-Kazemi has repeatedly announced that the Iraqi army has become able to defend the country without the help of US forces, adding that “if this is the case, we need to shift our assistance, and our relationship in general, from the stage of anti-ISIS operations to a more normal state.” .

And after it indicated “the need for the American taxpayer to be fair so that US aid to Baghdad reflects the facts on the ground, and that ISIS can no longer control the lands or intimidate a large segment of Iraqis, the magazine considered that “the emergency circumstances and authorities under which Washington has worked in Iraq since the year 2014, during which it provided the Iraqis with billions of dollars and fought alongside them to stop the control of ISIS, it no longer exists.

However, the magazine pointed out, “This does not mean that we have to end our military assistance to the Iraqis, but that we should do less and differently.”

She noted that the Iraqis “do not necessarily need more weapons, but rather to learn how to better employ, integrate and maintain F-16s, armored vehicles and other weapons that they have.”

They need “appropriate defensive governance,” she said.

She explained that the focus with Iraq should be on helping the Iraqis build a defensive institutional capacity so that they can take full advantage of all the equipment Washington provided them and protect the security gains they have achieved, noting that what hinders mainly the tactical and operational effectiveness of the Iraqi army is the serious weaknesses on the The strategic level, where policies, strategies, plans, and systems for managing material and human resources are usually formulated.

And after she pointed to the role of US military advisers residing in the Office of Security Cooperation of the US embassy in Baghdad, with the help of Iraqis in the Ministry of Defense and the Prime Minister since 2011, but she said that they do not have the background or appropriate training to manage defense affairs.

That is why the magazine considered that “the performance of the United States in building Iraqi capabilities was weak because, regardless of Iraqi politics, corruption and chaos, it was not organized effectively to achieve its goals.”

She went on to say that things improved in 2016 and 2017 after the Office of the Minister of Defense commissioned the Institute for Security Governance, which is now affiliated with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, to advise Iraqis on building military institutions, noting that the experts “helped the Iraqis formulate a more Iraqi national security strategy.” coherence.”

And when the magazine indicated that American civilian experts in Baghdad were mostly part of the NATO mission in Iraq, not the American embassy, ​​which means that they relied to a large extent on the alliance to reach Iraq, it considered that this reduced American efforts to build the Iraqi counter-terrorism apparatus Because NATO does not have a mandate to work with the Counter-Terrorism Service.

And she considered that this was a “problem because the Counter-Terrorism Service is our most important military investment in Iraq, and it is in dire need of assistance at the strategic level,” noting that “the Counter-Terrorism Service is the most efficient unit in the Iraqi army, but it does not have enough planners. Strategists and Qualified Resource Managers.

The magazine concluded by saying that the main question is related to what we want to do in Iraq, adding that at the tactical level, it is imperative for the US State Department to increase the specialized civilian advisory workforce in the US Embassy, ​​as well as to allocate sufficient financial resources alongside the Ministry of Defense for the initiative to build the military institution comprehensively.

And she added, “It is also crucial to our effectiveness in Iraq that there is integration in the work of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense,” noting that it is an “old problem that exists in all US diplomatic missions around the world,” and that without dealing with it, American efforts will remain scattered and scattered. The magazine concluded by saying that the United States could not “invest enough in building Iraq’s defense institutions because we had to fight ISIS, and now we can reorient our position in Baghdad to better help Iraqis become more capable and self-reliant.”

She explained that unlike Afghanistan, Washington has a lot to work around in Iraq, although the problem of corruption may be as big in Baghdad as it is in Kabul. She explained that Washington could work to create a more stable political foundation, more capable military units within the Iraqi army, a more literate Iraqi society, a better security environment, and a reform-oriented prime minister if we assumed he would remain in power and win the upcoming elections.

She concluded by saying, “Let us use these conditions to move our relationship with Iraq from a state of crisis to proactive planning.”