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Monday, January 06, 2020

BAGHDAD, Jan 6 (Reuters) - The United States-led military coalition against Islamic State said on Monday that it was pulling out of Iraq and would be repositioning forces over the next few days and weeks, a letter seen by Reuters showed. "Sir, in deference to the sovereignty of the Republic of Iraq, and as requested by the Iraqi Parliament and the Prime Minister, CJTF-OIR will be repositioning forces over the course of the coming days and weeks to prepare for onward movement," read a letter from United States Marine Corps Brigadier General William H. Seely III, the commanding general of Task Force Iraq. The authenticity of the letter, which was addressed to the Iraqi defence ministry's Combined Joint Operations Baghdad, was confirmed to Reuters independently by an Iraqi military source. "We respect your sovereign decision to order our departure," it said. (Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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Does Trump know about this? Because it wasn't his line twelve hours ago.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2020-01-06 03:35 PM | Reply

Good. Let's get out of all these countries governed by fake friends or outright enemies: Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Germany, etc.

#2 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-01-06 03:43 PM | Reply

"fake friends or outright enemies: Iraq"

Mission Accomplished!

Signed,
NeoCons

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-01-06 03:45 PM | Reply

That there some clear and well thought out strategy

Does not look like we are running away at all

#4 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-01-06 03:54 PM | Reply

Mission Accomplished!!!

#5 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2020-01-06 04:26 PM | Reply

NO No NO TFD

Mission ------------------

#6 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-01-06 05:11 PM | Reply

I guess the 82nd Airborne can turn around.

#7 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-01-06 05:12 PM | Reply

We have fracking so we don't need their oil. This is a EU and China problem. Let them spend money to keep a lid on the place. Blessing in disguise.

#8 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2020-01-06 06:47 PM | Reply

Let them spend money to keep a lid on the place. Blessing in disguise.

#8 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2020-01-06 06:47 PM | Reply

Makes you wonder why George W. Bush never thought of that.

#9 | Posted by Zed at 2020-01-06 07:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"We have fracking so we don't need their oil."

So the first Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom were both wars oil then, since fracking didn't really take off in America until the 2010s?

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-01-06 07:13 PM | Reply

"So the first Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom were both wars oil then, since fracking didn't really take off in America until the 2010s?
#10 | POSTED BY SNOOFY"

The wars had two goals and accomplished neither:
1.) To secure oil as the US was completely reliant on foreign sources and high ranking government officials (the VP) had a financial incentive to appropriate Iraqi oil and oil service contracts
2.) Israel viewed Saddam as a greater threat than Iran so they wanted Saddam taken out. ------ Neocons signed up based upon the foolish belief that Democracy in the Middle East just needed a spark and the whole region would reform itself - same foolish notion as Afghanistan as well as CIA pushing the Arab Spring.

An argument could have been made that we needed to keep the oil flowing then - not even that argument holds water now. We don't need the oil and hence, we don't need Israel as our 'ally' in the region. Pull our troops, pull our money, watch the place devolve and burn the EU and China in the process.

#11 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2020-01-06 08:55 PM | Reply

"Makes you wonder why George W. Bush never thought of that.
#9 | POSTED BY ZED "

Because W. Bush is a lying idiot - just like Trump told you in the GOP debates when he took out his dimwitted, low-energy brother. It is the Dems trying to prop up Bush's image now - hell, besties with Ellen...you know, the TV host that did the dick slang dance with Michelle Obama.

#12 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2020-01-06 09:02 PM | Reply

So you are convinced that Trump wants to remove US troops from Iraq?
That he doesn't want war with Iran?

Will that last a whole mouch?

#13 | Posted by bored at 2020-01-06 10:31 PM | Reply

"So you are convinced that Trump wants to remove US troops from Iraq?
That he doesn't want war with Iran?
#13 | POSTED BY BORED "

You -------- were predicting war with Iran and N. Korea for going on 3 years already. Do you even get sick of being wrong? Also, glad to have you back on the side of no more war and supporting troop pullouts - sad that Obama changed your anti-war stance for 8 years.

#14 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2020-01-06 11:42 PM | Reply

Do you even get sick of being wrong?

Posted by iragoldberg

We wouldn't know.

You certainly do. Please share from the plethora of personal experience.

#15 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-01-07 05:13 AM | Reply

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