US Troops’ Iraq drawdown complete

| October 7, 2020

That warmongering Nazi in the White House continues to keep promises to get our men and women out of the sandy quagmires.

The U.S. military has completed its drawdown from about 5,200 to fewer than 3,000 troops in Iraq, said Army Col. Wayne Marotto, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr., head of U.S. Central Command, first announced on Sept. 9 that the reduction of U.S. forces in Iraq was expected to be completed by the end of the month.

“This reduced footprint allows us to continue advising and assisting our Iraqi partners in rooting out the final remnants of ISIS in Iraq and ensuring its enduring defeat,” McKenzie said during a speech in Iraq. “This decision is due to our confidence in the Iraqi Security Forces’ increased ability to operate independently.”

Even though Marotto told Task & Purpose that the U.S. military had fewer than 3,000 troops in Iraq as of Sept. 30, a Pentagon spokeswoman issued a statement on Tuesday that appeared to indicate the drawdown is ongoing.

“The United States continues to reduce our troop presence in Iraq from about 5,200 to 3,000,” said Navy Cmdr. Jessica L. McNulty. “We remain committed to ensuring the enduring defeat of ISIS and supporting Iraq’s long-term security, stability, and prosperity. We will continue to consult closely with the Government of Iraq, as well as our coalition and NATO partners, concerning future force dispositions.”

The U.S. military has consolidated its footprint in Iraq since January, when a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad International Airport killed Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, former head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the former commander of the Iranian-backed militia Kata’ib Hezbollah. That promoted Iran and Kata’ib Hezbollah to launch missiles and rockets at U.S. troops in Iraq.

Since then, the U.S. military left eight bases in Iraq from which it had been operating, including Camp Taji, where two U.S. troops were killed and three other service members were wounded in separate rocket attacks this year. U.S. troops now operate from three bases in Iraq.

More at the source. Thanks to Jeff LPH 3 for the tip off.

Source; Task and Purpose

Category: 2020 Election, Big Pentagon, Foreign Policy, Guest Link, Iraq, Trump!

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  1. MI Ranger says:

    Dang that “Orange Man” he keeps saying stuff and actually doing it! That is not what politicians are suppose to do!
    He needs to start making land deals and buying up hotels in countries . Since his kids already have jobs, they will just have to form a Cabal and secretly undermine all negotiations to enrich themselves. Can’t have them just blowing it all on drugs and mistresses or gigolos!

  2. 5th/77th FA says:

    ’bout damn time! And what dahell is President Trump doing following thru on a campaign promise to GTFO of there? Now if we could just exit A’stan too.

    “…confidence in the Iraqi Security forces increased ability to operate independently.” Well that only took how many years, how much American Treasure, and how much American Blood? I’m glad someone has that confidence, ’cause I don’t. We’ll be in that boggy hole forever.

  3. OWB says:

    Such a deal. Good for the country. Good for international relations. Too bad that doing good will now be twisted by the US media into something very, very bad.

    Oh, well.

  4. FuzeVT says:

    [And now we rejoin the Liberal internal monologue already in progress]

    >>NOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Since Trump is getting us out of foreign entanglements, going to war less than even Obama (peace be upon him) and making deals between enemies in the Middle East, now I have to be against Peace!! ORANGE MAN SO BAD!!!!<<<

    • Skippy says:

      Unfortunately Biden will be sucking Chinas
      Balls here after he gets elected
      And we’ll be back to the same ole shit
      That got us in this mess in the first place

  5. Skippy says:

    Too bad Trump and his DOJ
    Couldn’t find it in there harts to drain the swamp
    It’s going to cost him and the Republicans
    Dearly in less then 3 weeks
    What a complete cluster fuk
    At lease sue these courts re-writing
    Election laws at the last minute
    But they can’t even do that

    BHWHAHAHAHA !!!!!

  6. This ain’t going to go so great with the Mil brass that have stocks in the arms/munition industry.

  7. SFC D says:

    Did we win?

  8. Devtun says:

    Plugs will draw down…er, defund the military. The Bernie Sanders social agenda needs funding, and there ain’t enough millonayers & billionayers.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Bye now!

  10. Cedo Alteram says:

    Side question, why a picture of Alex Horton?

    • Mason says:

      When I was looking through pictures we had already uploaded and filed under “Iraq” his picture popped up. Maybe it was just my mood today, but I thought it fit.

  11. cptsmith says:

    We were getting rocket attacks at Taji before Soleimani got blowed up. So good riddance to his sorry ass.