[size=34]America adheres to the "most expensive achievement" ... remaining in Iraq to repel IranLast update: Sunday, 24 Jumada I 1441 AH - 19 January 2020 KSA 08:16 - GMT 05:16
Publication date: Sunday 24 Jumada I 1441 AH - 19 January 2020 KSA 07:35 - GMT 04:35Source: Washington - Pierre Ghanem[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] American forces in Iraq (AFP)font size
A senior administration official summarized [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] policy [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] , telling Al Arabiya.net: "The United States is not prepared to be expelled from Iraq."
This American speech carries a lot of importance, as it comes in the wake of Iranian attempts to push American forces out of Iraq, and the first attempt was through a vote in the Iraqi parliament, accompanied by threats by Iranian militias to launch attacks on American forces deployed in the country.
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[rtl]The Iraqi street and Iran's influence
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] has [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] . It has been implementing a policy of maximum pressure for Iran for two years. It also faces this Iranian influence everywhere and all the time. Iraq is one of these arenas where the Americans see that they have to "confront" Iranian influence.
Perhaps that conviction was further cemented by the discovery of the United States during the most famous demonstrations, that the Iraqi street, with its great majority, does not favor the Iranians, rejects their influence and blames Tehran for planting corrupt Iraqi officials in the Iraqi state.
To that, the Iraqis blame Tehran for causing waste of Iraqi state money, and dumping markets with cheap goods that caused economic hardship for Iraqi business owners and traders. There are also large numbers of Iraqi youth, especially in the south, who have fallen prey to drugs imported from Iran, which are being promoted by Tehran agents, according to Iraqi accusations.
[rtl][You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] American forces in Iraq (AFP)The Iraq Army and the Horde
Amid this scene during the past weeks, American officials rushed two weeks ago to make sure of their friends and stand of influence references alongside Washington, and the American administration sent Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Shanker to Erbil, where he met with the leaders of Iraqi Kurdistan.
In addition, the United States knows that the Iraqi armed forces are a friendly force, and that the Iraqi army and soldiers, anti-terrorist forces and others want the Americans to stay in Iraq next to them, while these officers and soldiers feel that the crowd forces are a competing force to them, and the loyalty of the crowd is Out of the Iraqi borders.
It was remarkable the number of contacts US officials have had with Iraqi leaders in the past two weeks. The tone of the statements issued by the US administration about these contacts also reflects American confidence that Washington has "friends" in Iraq.
The Americans first considered that the vote in the Iraqi parliament is tainted by great faults, the most important of which is the absence of the Kurdish and Sunni components from voting, then Secretary of State Mike Pompeo considered in an unusual statement that "any delegation sent to Iraq will be devoted to discuss how to commit again to the strategic partnership and not to discuss the withdrawal of the forces ".
For a survey on America's strategy in Iraq, Al Arabiya.net spoke to more than one source, to find that there is agreement that the US government's position on Iraq is based first on considering the "ISIS caliphate" ended, but the risks of ISIS returning are still present, and will not be accepted. The United States is leaving the Iraqi scene, and does not want to allow the return of an extremist and terrorist organization that threatens the countries of the region, Europe and the United States.
The Trump administration also considers that the return of ISIS terrorism opens the door for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards to exploit chaos to take root in Iraq and in neighboring countries.
In addition, the US administration also believes that it has friends in Iraq, led by the Kurds and the Iraqi armed forces and everyone who rejects Iranian influence, and Washington wants to build on these friendships to stay, not to leave, provided that Washington works with these friends to surround and confront the influence of the militias affiliated with Tehran.
[rtl][You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] American forces in Iraq (AFP)The best and most expensive achievement
The United States is also looking forward to the return of "new" Iraq as a dam in the face of Iranian influence, protecting the Arab world from the expansion of the Iranians, and elements of the "new Iraq" power are based on consolidating the strategic partnership between Washington and Baghdad, including security, economy and culture.
It is very striking that many Americans inside and outside the administration have become convinced that Iraq is the "best and most expensive achievement" for Americans in the past twenty years. Terrorist organizations, and brought the soldiers back in 2014 to confront ISIS.
The Americans now consider that they have a foothold and influence on land borders with Iran and will not leave this strategic location at a crucial time in the confrontation with the Tehran regime.
[rtl][You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] American forces in Iraq (AFP)From the Alliance to NATO
It is perhaps noteworthy also that the administration of US President Donald Trump does not work now on the Iraqi file alone, but rather considers that the rest of the European powers, the majority of which are a member of NATO, are present in Iraq, and it is possible to develop the relationship between those countries and the United States on the one hand, and the Iraqis on the other hand And thus the development of the coalition against ISIS into a new system that supports Iraq, to get out of the sphere of Iranian influence and become an "allied" country, so the American president will no longer have to keep thousands of American soldiers there.
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