Established in 2006 as a Community of Reality

Welcome to the Neno's Place!

Neno's Place Established in 2006 as a Community of Reality


Neno

I can be reached by phone or text 8am-7pm cst 972-768-9772 or, once joining the board I can be reached by a (PM) Private Message.

Join the forum, it's quick and easy

Established in 2006 as a Community of Reality

Welcome to the Neno's Place!

Neno's Place Established in 2006 as a Community of Reality


Neno

I can be reached by phone or text 8am-7pm cst 972-768-9772 or, once joining the board I can be reached by a (PM) Private Message.

Established in 2006 as a Community of Reality

Would you like to react to this message? Create an account in a few clicks or log in to continue.
Established in 2006 as a Community of Reality

Many Topics Including The Oldest Dinar Community. Copyright © 2006-2020


    Recommendations to Congress about the American military presence in Iraq.. What about Kurdistan and

    Rocky
    Rocky
    Admin Assist
    Admin Assist


    Posts : 268220
    Join date : 2012-12-21

    Recommendations to Congress about the American military presence in Iraq.. What about Kurdistan and  Empty Recommendations to Congress about the American military presence in Iraq.. What about Kurdistan and

    Post by Rocky Fri 23 Feb 2024, 6:35 am

    Recommendations to Congress about the American military presence in Iraq.. What about Kurdistan and the Peshmerga?



    [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

    2024-02-23 00:28
    Share
    Font

    Shafaq News/ The “Research Unit” of the US Congress, in its report, which was distributed to representatives in the US Parliament, raised several questions that must be answered in light of the ongoing research on the future of the American presence in Iraq, including the extent of the importance of this presence, and the extent of its impact on Washington’s efforts. To limit Iranian influence, and how this might affect the risks of a broader conflict, in addition to its potential impact on the Kurdistan Region and the Peshmerga forces.


    After the American report referred to the mutual attacks between Iranian-backed militias and American forces, since the war between Israel and the Hamas movement, and to the position of the Iraqi government, which is fearful of the risks threatening Iraq’s security due to these confrontations, it said that the government seeks to end the presence of the international coalition to combat ISIS, which Led by the United States, and entering into talks about the future of the American military presence.

    The report mentioned Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's announcement about the US-Iraqi talks, which he described as "evolving" the coalition's mission and "enabling the transition to a permanent bilateral security partnership."
    The report continued that after the round of talks held on February 11, an Iraqi military spokesman said, “A timetable will be formulated for the gradual reduction (of forces), leading to the end of the mission of the international coalition forces, and the transition to a bilateral relationship, as long as this is not disturbed.” Peace be upon you.


    The report pointed out that in December 2023, President Joe Biden addressed the Iraqi government’s call for American and coalition forces to stay, as part of his semi-annual report on war powers that he submits to Congress.
    According to the report, during the same month, US Central Command said that about 2,400 US soldiers were deployed in Iraq and 800 in Syria.

    The report stated that the US army’s operations in Iraq and the possibility of the Americans using Iraqi airspace and facilitating the use of the land borders with Syria facilitate the US military operations in Syria, where ISIS militants are more active than the situation in Iraq, and that the Americans’ partner forces are the ones carrying out a guard mission. Prisons holding thousands of ISIS fighters.

    The report noted that Congress approved, in December 2023, the American partnership programs to combat ISIS in Iraq and Syria until December 2024.

    The report indicated that members of Congress may consider how potential changes to the American presence and the coalition in Iraq may affect American interests in the region, whether changes should be made to the forms of American assistance to Iraqi and Syrian partners, and how attacks on American soldiers and American strikes should be compatible with... The War Powers Resolution, 2002 and 2002 Legislative Authorizations on the Use of Military Force.


    The report recalled the Iraqi Parliament’s vote to request the Iraqi government to expel foreign forces and deprive them of using Iraq’s airspace, lands and waters, after the assassination of Iranian leaders Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis in 2020.

    But the report pointed out that the interim Iraqi government at the time did not do so, and the government that succeeded it engaged with its American counterpart in talks that led in December 2021 to the announcement of the end of the combat role of the American forces, and the transition to training and advisory support.

    The report went on to indicate that sporadic attacks on American forces in Iraq and Syria continued until early 2023, some of which were attributed to Iraqi armed groups supported by Iran.
    The report noted that observers noticed changes in the patterns of these attacks in relation to developments in Iraq, Syria, and the broader region, stressing that President Biden ordered strikes after some attacks on American soldiers in Syria and Iraq, while the administration announced its intention to defend American employees with responses. "Proportionate."

    The report reviewed the attacks on American forces, which resulted in American casualties, and the American military response to them, including facilities belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and an Iranian-backed faction in Syria and Iraq.
    The report added that while the Iraqi government described the attacks on American forces as acts hostile to Iraq, it considered that the American strikes on Iraqi territory violate Iraqi sovereignty.

    The report also mentioned an American attack on January 4, 2024, in Baghdad, which resulted in the killing of the leader of a classified terrorist group supported by Iran, who was also a leader in the Popular Mobilization Forces affiliated with the Iraqi state. He pointed to the implementation of dozens of American strikes against armed groups in Iraq, which prompted the government to summon the American Chargé d'Affaires and submit a letter of protest against what it described as a "new aggressive act." An American strike on February 7 killed a commander in the Hezbollah Brigades, which the United States classifies as a terrorist organization, while an Iraqi military spokesman said that the coalition had deviated from the reasons for its presence in Iraq, which forces the Iraqi government, more than ever before, to end... The mission of this alliance.

    The report continued that members of the Iraqi parliament met on February 10, during a session, to demand the removal of American forces, but they were deprived of a quorum due to the refusal of other representatives to attend. The report added that Parliament can play a role in approving any bilateral agreements between the United States and Iraq resulting from the planned talks.

    Possible considerations for Congress

    The report quoted Secretary of Defense Austin’s statement that US forces remain “focused on the mission of defeating ISIS, and we are here for no other goal,” then reiterated in January 2024 the assertion that the United States is “committed to deepening our security cooperation to enhance stability within Iraq and the region.” .

    The report continued that in August 2023, the “Joint Security Cooperation Dialogue” between the United States and Iraq reached an agreement to “consult on a future process.”
    “Including the Coalition, to determine how the Coalition’s military mission will evolve according to a timeline based on the following factors: the threat posed by ISIS, operational and environmental requirements, and Iraq’s capabilities levels.”
    The report continued that as part of those talks, the Iraqi government affirmed its “commitment to protecting personnel and advisors of the United States and the Global Coalition, convoys and diplomatic facilities.”
    The report stated that the current meetings of the Supreme Military Committee between the United States and Iraq (HMC) and other working groups could lead to fundamental, partial, or no changes to the American military presence, referring to a statement by the Pentagon spokesman that “the meeting of the Military Committee The Supreme Council is not a negotiation about the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq.”

    The report concluded that, in considering the potential outcomes of executive branch requests for regular and supplemental funding, under the terms of the 2024 defense authorization, Congress might consider the following questions:

    1- How important is the military presence of the United States and coalition forces in Iraq?
    How does the American military presence in Iraq relate to American efforts to confront and deter Iran? How does this affect broader conflict risks?
    2- How could changes in the American and coalition presence in Iraq affect:
    -US operations in Syria? American embassy security? NATO's mission in Iraq?
    -The security of Iraq and the security of the region?
    - Relations between Iraqi groups and the Iraqi government, including the Kurdistan Region, and the Peshmerga forces supported by the United States?

    3-How might sudden changes affect perceptions of the United States?
    4-How can American defense financing and foreign aid develop?
    [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

      Current date/time is Tue 16 Apr 2024, 6:47 pm