UPDATE: The U.S. is now claiming the letter – which was sent by the U.S. to Iraq – was “a mistake.”
Move will be made “in deference to the sovereignty of the Republic of Iraq”.
The U.S. led coalition will be withdrawing from Iraq.
That’s according to a letter (which has been verified as official by multiple sources), issued by United States Marine Corps Brigadier General William H. Seely III.
As reported by Reuters, the letter addressed to Iraq’s defense ministry says “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.”
You can view a photo of the letter below:
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The move follows a vote by the Iraqi Parliament calling on all foreign troops to lead the country.
Notably, Donald Trump had campaigned on getting the US out of foreign countries, and an ironic result of the strike on the top Iranian general may be giving him an easy excuse to get the US out of Iraq.
The US has numerous bases and airfields in the region, most notably in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, so they can maintain a deterrence presence against Iran without having forces in Iraq.
As I wrote earlier, Canada should leave Iraq and focus on defending our own territory, and the potential withdrawal of the U.S. – led coalition gives us the perfect opportunity to do so.
Photo – YouTube