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US-Led Coalition Tells Baghdad It Will ‘Move Out’ of Iraq – Official Letter

Sputnik – 06.01.2020

In a Monday letter to Iraqi military leaders, the US-led coalition in Iraq announced it was preparing to “move out” of the country out of respect for Iraqi sovereignty.

Following approval of a non-binding resolution by Iraq’s parliament calling for US forces to leave the country, US military commanders announced they were drawing up preparatory plans for their departure. A Pentagon spokesperson could not immediately confirm the authenticity of the letter to Reuters.

“We respect your sovereign decision to order our departure,” the letter says, according to Reuters. US forces will re-position themselves over the coming days and weeks in preparation for the move, the letter states.

“In due deference to the sovereignty of the Republic of Iraq, and as requested by the Iraqi Parliament and the Prime Minister, CJTF-OIR [Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve] will be repositioning forces over the course of the coming days and weeks to prepare for onward movement,” states the letter, addressed to Iraqi Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir and signed by US Marine Corps Brig. Gen. William H. Seely III.

​The lawmakers’ request comes on the heels of a January 3 drone strike at Baghdad International Airport in which US forces killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani as well as the leader of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. The two commanders helped lead the fight against Daesh in the 2014-17 Iraqi Civil War that saw the terrorist group expelled from the country. At its height, Daesh controlled significant amounts of northern Iraq, including its third-largest city of Mosul, and was advancing on Baghdad.

“In order to conduct this task, coalition forces are required to take certain measures to ensure that the movement out of Iraq is conducted in a safe and efficient manner,” the letter continues. “During this time, there will be an increase in helicopter travel in and around the International Zone (IZ) of Baghdad. This increased traffic will include CH-47, UH-60 and AH-64 security escort helicopters. Coalition forces will take appropriate measures to minimize and mitigate the disturbance to the public. In addition, we will conduct these operations during house of darkness to help alleviate any perception that we may be bringing more Coalition forces into the IZ.”

“As we begin implementing this next phase of operations, I want to reiterate the value of our friendship and partnership. We respect your sovereign decision to order our departure.”

Contradictory Statements

The news comes after US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo snubbed the idea of leaving Iraq, where US forces have been stationed since the March 2003 invasion that overthrew Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

“We have a very extraordinarily expensive airbase that’s there. It cost billions of dollars to build. Long before my time We’re not leaving unless they pay us back for it,” Trump said on Sunday. “We will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever. It’ll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame.”

“The prime minister is the acting prime minister,” Pompeo said on Fox News on Sunday, speaking of Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi. “He’s under enormous threats from the very Iranian leadership that it is that we are pushing back against. We are confident that the Iraqi people want the United States to continue to be there.”

January 6, 2020 - Posted by | Illegal Occupation | , ,

2 Comments »

  1. “We have a very extraordinarily expensive airbase that’s there. It cost billions of dollars to build. Long before my time We’re not leaving unless they pay us back for it,” Trump said on Sunday. “We will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever. It’ll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame.”

    Surely he cant be serious? He wants Iraq to pay for an Air Base used by the USA, after invading Iraq under completely under false pretences. And murdering Saddam Hussein under false pretences, and destroying large parts of the country??
    Trump is an Idiot, but then, we all knew that. God help the USA and the American people, because the people who run it are clinically insane, and over loaded with deranged psychopaths.

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    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | January 6, 2020 | Reply

  2. Color me crazy, but…if Trump had half-ah-brain; he’d offer up Netanyahu to Iran, evacuate the Middle East, return Palestine to its original state, “Israelis” pay reparations to the Palestinians from their new home in Russia, and “Israelis” who have and wish to live in peace in Palestine are welcome to stay.

    America doesn’t belong in the Middle East other than to do commerce, vacation, learn, and to exchange assurances of peace.

    Aren’t you tired of “Israelis” claiming to be the perpetual victim when they are in-fact the source of all trouble on Earth and particularly in the Middle East and the US with their fed fraud, media lies, false flag terror like the 9/11 attack (Trump’s uncle took the Tesla papers and the WTC was taken down with a Tesla device by Trump’s good friends warranting an investigation into Trump’s knowledge and involvement in the 9/11 attack), Agenda 21, their…Sodom and Gomorrah like human ritual sacrifices and their communist corruption and price gouging and con-games and drug dealing and human trafficking and debauchery, all meant to corrupt and weaken America and other nations around the globe to soften us up for depopulation and plunder?

    Russia offered Israelis a home, they should take it.

    US Zionistas involved in the 9/11 attack and the Soleimani attack, they should submit themselves to America for treason trials here in the US, confess, repent, take their punishment, or turn them over to their victims for…well…you know, justice. …how many children have Zionistas murdered in the US with their vaccines, bank fraud, false arrests and false imprisonments, false flag shootings and false flag terror and false flag war, and their drugs and booze and STD’s and de-education?

    Try this:

    I do not consent to Jewish satanic communism. If you support Israel, go there, your dime. Have a great time in Russia!

    Thank you Russia. Keep a good on on them. …Israelis have a pathological impulse control problem and they are prone to lies, deceit, and assassinations, murder, mass murder, and genocide.

    Enough is enough.

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    Comment by Mr. Anonymouse | January 6, 2020 | Reply


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