Front Page with Allen Barton The Long Goodbye in Iraq: Does Iraq Still Need the Assistance of US Troops? (2009– ) online
Among other things, we need to keep the pressure on the Afghan government in its fight against corruption and its efforts at political reform, and ratchet up the pressure against Pakistan in its support for the Taliban. As the Trump administration considers sending several thousand more American troops to Afghanistan as part of a broader NATO buildup, to join the 8,400 . troops and several thousand more from allied countries there today, many Americans will wonder why. Already America’s longest war, a place where more than 2,000 Americans have died to produce at best fragile and highly imperfect results, many will want to pose General David Petraeus’s famous question first voiced about Iraq in 2003: "Tell me how this ends.
To understand where we need to go in Iraq, it is important for the American people to understand where we now stand. Thanks in great measure to your service, the situation in Iraq has improved. Violence has been reduced substantially from the horrific sectarian killing of 2006 and 2007. We will complete this transition to Iraqi responsibility, and we will bring our troops home with the honor that they have earned. As we responsibly remove our combat brigades, we will pursue the second part of our strategy: sustained diplomacy on behalf of a more peaceful and prosperous Iraq. The long-term success of the Iraqi nation will depend upon decisions made by Iraq’s leaders and the fortitude of the Iraqi people. Iraq is a sovereign country with legitimate institutions; America cannot – and should not – take their place.
More recently they have served in Iraq, the Haiti earthquake of 2010 and in Afghanistan. Their motto is: 'We quell the storm, and ride the thunder!' or 'Strength and Honour'. Addressed: The Council on Islamic-American Relations has written to Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, pictured here with . President Barack Obama. It starts just with footage on TV but will end up with demonstrations around the country and maybe the world. The image of American troops has been battered by a series of scandals involving troops behaving appallingly whilst in Iraq and Afghanistan. The further revelations are likely to make winning the hearts and minds of locals in the field even harder. The most shocking instance was the abuse at the Abu Ghraib detention facility in Baghdad in 2004 where detainees were piled naked into human pyramids for the amusement of their American guards.
Dorrian added that his troops remain behind the forward line – but also said that line was constantly shifting amid room-to-room fighting and urban warfare marked by constant attacks from car bombs (see video below). There are more than 200,000 buildings in Mosul. You end up having to clear each one, he said. That means going through every single room and every single closet. It’s going to take time. It’s going to be very dangerous. Dorrian said US and coalition advisers involved in retaking the city had doubled to 450 in recent weeks.
Earlier official reports into the invasion of Iraq have cleared Blair from the charge that he had misled Parliament or twisted the evidence. However, there is devastating evidence proving that as prime minister he deceived the House of Commons and the British people over the threat from Saddam. Dr Blix also questioned whether MPs would have voted for British troops to invade Iraq if they had known the truth. He said the Blair government’s claims were ‘not really sustainable’. Never has the need to learn the lessons of Iraq been more urgent, and yet we still await the Chilcot Inquiry, a shameful seven years after the last British soldier left Iraq. PETER OBORNE’S Chilcot Report is on Radio 4 at 8pm tonight and then on iPlayer.
and Iraq are in talks to keeping American troops in the country after the fight against the Islamic State group is concluded, according to a . official and an official from the Iraqi government. Townsend, who was standing by Mattis, declined to say how long the United States will stay in Iraq. But, he said, "I don't anticipate that we'll be asked to leave by the government of Iraq immediately after Mosul. He added, "I think that the government of Iraq realizes their very complex fight, and they're going to need the assistance of the coalition even beyond Mosul. But Iraq's military is still in the process of rebuilding and reorganizing after it was largely gutted by widespread corruption under former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Klapper reported from Washington. Associated Press Writer Lolita C. Baldor in Washington contributed to this report.
The withdrawal of . military forces from Iraq began in December 2007 with the end of the Iraq War troop surge of 2007 and was completed by December 2011, bringing an end to the Iraq War. The number of . military forces in Iraq peaked at 170,300 in November 2007. The withdrawal of . military forces from Iraq was a contentious issue in the United States for much of the 2000s.
ValedictoryA long goodbye. The ensuing three years, I hardly need to say, have seen a debacle. His WMDs turned out to be a bluff, fooling even his own generals. Elections have been held, a constitution has been written, but no government is in place. The incompetence of the state-building exercise in Iraq since 2003 does, however, leave not only Iraq in a dangerous state but also the world. Its failure so far to provide either security or legitimacy has turned Iraq into a cause célèbre and a training ground for violence.
President Obama met with troops in Iraq as a senator in 2008 and returned as president within three months of taking office in 2009. He would visit servicemembers in Afghanistan four times during his presidency. During a surprise trip in 2014, after addressing a crowd of uniformed personnel, Obama made a point of shaking hands with each of them. Most of the time, these trips produce little political payoff. News coverage is scant. Most Americans back home are asleep during the visit. And it's not a time or place for major policy speeches or rallying oratory. Today, there are more than 15,000 . troops in Afghanistan and at least 6,000 in Iraq and Syria carrying out Trump's war policies.
Officials have said the troops’ main role will be to continue to train and assist the 350,000-member Afghan security force. Proponents of a residual force also argue that it is needed to protect Kabul, to prove that the United States is not abandoning Afghanistan and to pressure the Taliban to negotiate a political settlement, which military commanders say is the only path to stability.
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