[size=36]US Task Force in Iraq .. What are its tasks and objectives?[/size]
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A senior Iraqi official on Friday unveiled the tasks and goals of the US Task Force in Iraq, which he described as the biggest force among its counterparts in the country.
"Unlike other embassies and foreign missions in Iraq, the staff of the US Embassy in Baghdad now has the largest strength among its counterparts, known as the American Task Force," the official told Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed newspaper. At least the name is common to Iraqis. US officials are not discussing or addressing the media protection forces that have grown and equipped since the US-Iranian escalation in the region nearly two months ago.
He added, "This force is authorized to use live ammunition and respond to various threats that may affect members of the US diplomatic mission or American nationals in Iraq, working in stabilization programs for the liberated Iraqi cities or participate in some rehabilitation operations in the infrastructure, such as health and education."
According to the same official, "the force is licensed by the Iraqi government similar to security units belonging to foreign security companies charged with the protection of other Western missions in Iraq, but for the US unit is the largest," adding that "accompanying Iraqi forces usually come within greater security coordination To prevent friction between those forces and specific factions within the Popular Mobilization. "
The US military contingent, which is moving inside liberated Iraqi cities from time to time, was re-argued after photos taken by activists in Mosul last week, justified by local sources as a force accompanying US-sponsored stabilization program managers in cities in northern and western Iraq.
For his part, revealed an army intelligence official, "the US force possesses armored vehicles resistant to missiles and mines mounted with machine guns caliber 23 mm with various weapons belonging to the force, including shoulder-mounted bombers, in addition to an integrated military medical ambulance," pointing to "The force is equipped to fight in the event of an attack or an attempt to kidnap an American employee."
"The force is directly connected to the US forces in Iraq, which are based in several bases, which can ask for support at any time, but this has not happened, nor has any of the US officials working in the embassy any attack or danger, except for a missile," the official said. The Katyusha, who was at the embassy in Baghdad two months ago, did not cause any casualties. "
Last week, members of parliament in the "Building Alliance" demanded "to reveal the significance of the presence of a US force in Mosul seen in neighborhoods of the city last Tuesday."
Faleh al-Khazali, a member of the Fatah alliance, said that "the scenes of American power in Mosul are provocative", blaming Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi for "the responsibility of American deployment and harming Iraqi sovereignty."
Others considered images of US troops in Mosul as requiring clarification from the government