US Central Command: You may not withdraw from Iraq and Syria, even after the defeat of Daash
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The US General Joseph Votal, in an interview with Reuters in Baghdad on Thursday, "as we continue tocampaign .. I think we will ask some of the additional deployment of troops." Votal did not reveal any numbers. He Votal, which oversees American forces in the Middle East, said that the size of the potential increases in the future is still under discussion within the military circles. Any details about the timing ofsending any requests in this regard for the management of US President Barack Obama did not mention.
His comments come three days after the declaration of the Obama administration to send an additional 560 soldiers as part of efforts to facilitate Iraqi attack to regain Mosul , Iraq 's second city. Most of these soldiers will work out of Qayyarah Air Force Base , which restored Iraqi forces from organizing Daash last week.Qayyarah and intended to use as a springboard for an attack which aims to restore Mosul.
He pointed out that Votal incoming requests will be formed according to the special stages of the campaign. " We are trying to reconcile our requests with specific goals that we are trying to achieve on the ground."
It will be the restoration of Mosul , a great boost to plans for Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al - Abadi and theUnited States to weaken the militant group. He pledged Abadi restoration of Mosul by the end of the year.
It warns some US officials that the city restored without a plan to restore security and basic services and good governance would be a big mistake and are skeptical about the government 's ability to fix the sectarian divide that is fueling the conflict.
He acknowledged Votal the existence of concerns about the features of non - military campaign, but said It feels more optimistic after the meetings on Wednesday with senior Iraqi officials, including al - Abadi.
he said , "while still requires a lot of work ... I left and I feel confident , " stressing the importance of military operations by US - backed " positive impact on the political side. "
he pointed out that after Votal lose Daash eventually Mosul in Iraq and the Syrian city of Raqqa it on theAmericans should not expect a quick withdrawal from Iraq and comprehensive. " The thing you do not want to do is a declaration of victory and leave after that. I think we want to complete the task."
Said Votal that if he moved militants Daash to other places outside those two cities, it is important the presence of US military resources "to ensure that we can achieve that permanent defeat of the organization. "
he continued , " If there were not the capabilities we need , we will pass on . Similarly, if there are capabilities we need , and we have no will we ask, "describing the evolving campaign that it would not end quickly."