The year is 2009 and we had a new president that had promised to bring our troops home from Iraq by Christmas……
Well troops came home and from the get go there has been a steady deployment of US troops back to Iraq. There are talks these days about after the defeat of ISIS how many American troops would remain in Iraq……
With Mosul the last major city to be invaded, ISIS is expected to soon have little to no remaining territory. US officials have made clear that this won’t impact their deployment to Iraq, and talks are now said to be ongoing to cement that as a reality.
After the last US occupation, Iraq was eager to be rid of as many of the occupation troops as possible. This time, the US is arguing that any situation which doesn’t include an open-ended US military presence will end up with a new insurgency cropping up, and US officials are insisting that the Iraqis agree.
Of course, the expectation is that as soon as ISIS loses all its territory it will just go back to being an insurgency anyhow, and the presence of US troops isn’t going to impact that at any rate, beyond whatever agreements are made to have them involved in defending sensitive targets.
Ongoing talks are mostly centered on what form the permanent US deployment will take, and if the Bush-era talks are to be any indicator, the focus is likely to be on ensuring that US forces have absolute legal immunity for anything they do in Iraq.
It appears that the Iraqis are telling a different tale about the days after the defeat of ISIS…….
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has been forced to deny that US combat troops will remain in his country following the final defeat of the Islamic State group.
The denial followed comments by US and Iraq officials in the Associated Press which said that US secretary of defence James Mattis was currently in talks with Abadi to maintain a “modest” US military presence in Mosul after the defeat of IS.
There seems to be of a bit of confusion about what will happen if and when ISIS is defeated….will the US retain troops in Iraq or is that just wishful thinking?
Personally I say bring them home they have done enough to secure Iraq for Iraqis…now let them stand up and do this fighting for themselves.