US combat mission in Iraq to be over before year’s end

| July 27, 2021

This was an announcement that Joe Biden made. Both Iraq and the US have decided that conditions on the ground indicate a good time to withdraw combat troops from Iraq. Service Members that remain in Iraq will perform supporting roles for the Iraqi Military.

The Iraqi government is showing that it is willing to manage its security without foreign troop involvement. This has been an objective since the beginning of the Iraq War… An Iraq with a government chosen by its people able to manage its security and other affairs. They still face challenges; however, the Iraqi government is willing to address these challenges.

From the Associated Press:

The Iraqi prime minister made clear before his trip to Washington that he believes it’s time for the U.S. to wind that mission down.

“There is no need for any foreign combat forces on Iraqi soil,” al-Kadhimi told The Associated Press last weekend.

The U.S. mission of training and advising Iraqi forces has its most recent origins in President Barack Obama’s decision in 2014 to send troops back to Iraq. The move was made in response to the Islamic State group’s takeover of large portions of western and northern Iraq and a collapse of Iraqi security forces that appeared to threaten Baghdad. Obama had fully withdrawn U.S. forces from Iraq in 2011, eight years after the U.S. invasion.

Pentagon officials for years have tried to balance what they see as a necessary military presence to support the Iraqi government’s fight against IS with domestic political sensitivities in Iraq to a foreign troop presence.

The vulnerability of U.S. troops was demonstrated most dramatically in January 2020 when Iran launched a ballistic missile attack on al-Asad air base in western Iraq. No Americans were killed, but dozens suffered traumatic brain injury from the blasts. That attack came shortly after a U.S. drone strike killed Iranian military commander Qassim Soleimani and senior Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis at Baghdad International Airport.

The Associated Press has more on this story.

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  1. Only Army Mom says:

    This is political theater by Biden’s puppet masters. See? Biden/Harris actually ended BOTH Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Proof they are the best, most popular administration ever. Because they did the, you know, thing.

    • ChipNASA says:

      Goddamn it AOM, if it was/is possible to love you more then yes, I mean, COME ON MAN!!, I do, because, you know, you did, um, did the, you know, the thing. 🥰

      • Only Army Mom says:

        Chip, you are definitely one of my favorite deplorables to love, even when you are naughty. Even then, you crack me up but being the lady I am, I must refrain and feign disapproval.

      • Anonymous says:

        Pay no attention to what happens after Democrats end wars:

    • KoB says:

      Testify OAM! And to paraphrase Arrnnulld, “We’ll be back!”

      And as far as the Chipster is concerned? PFFTTT! He can’t even light the match, much less carry the torch that some of us have for you!

    • HeIsMyPronoun (aka JTFCountroller, et al) says:

      I like the part where you Deleted.

      I like the part where you pick a user name and stick with it. Otherwise your comments will simply disappear. AW1

  2. Roh-Dog says:

    A 100% shame of a waste in lives and treasure. I can’t believe after alllll of the history post WW2 we still engage in such folly.
    Pray for peace, as I FEAR this aint over.

    Before anyone else does, ‘We were winning when I left’. (both times!)

  3. President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neanderthal B Woodman Domestic Violent Extremist SuperStraight says:

    And PLEEEEASE, be sure to either take with you, or destroy in place, any and all assets. Leave nothing intact behind that you might have to send a drone back to cover up your fuck-ups.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Can we say “Mission Acommplished!” now that it’s politically correct?

  5. Slow Joe says:

    The mission in Iraq is not going to be over until Summer next year, at the earliest.

    I called it first.

  6. Poetrooper says:

    Ol’ Poe, a young infantry combatant in Vietnam, is no hand-wringing pacifist, but he hears the plaintive wisdom in these lyrics as sung by Peter, Paul and Mary, the Kingston Trio and others.

    Where have all the young men gone?
    Long time passing
    Where have all the young men gone?
    Long time ago
    Where have all the young men gone?
    Gone for soldiers, every one
    When will they ever learn?
    When will they ever learn?

    Where have all the soldiers gone?
    Long time passing
    Where have all the soldiers gone?
    A long, long time ago
    Where have all the soldiers gone?
    Gone to graveyards, every one
    When will they ever learn?
    When will they ever learn?

    When the hell will we ever learn to let other folks fight their own battles without our young warriors being their cannon fodder?

    • Roh-Dog says:

      Amen, my Infantry Brother.
      Our generation may be different but our knowledge of conflict is a shared lesson.
      (it’s not a one-for-one, sorry for the coarse language)
      My timeframe, System of A Down
      “B.Y.O.B.”

      Why do they always send the poor?

      Barbarisms by Barbaras
      With pointed heels
      Victorious, victories kneel
      For brand new spankin’ deals
      Marching forward hypocritic
      And hypnotic computers

      You depend on our protection
      Yet you feed us lies from the table cloth

      La, la la, la la, la la, la la

      Everybody’s going to the party, have a real good time
      Dancing in the desert, blowing up the sunshine

      Kneeling roses disappearing
      Into Moses’ dry mouth
      Breaking into Fort Knox
      Stealing our intentions
      Hangars sitting dripped in oil
      Crying, “Freedom!”

      Handed to obsoletion
      Still you feed us lies from the table cloth

      La, la la, la la, la la, la la

      Everybody’s going to the party, have a real good time
      Dancing in the desert, blowing up the sunshine

      Everybody’s going to the party, have a real good time
      Dancing in the desert, blowing up the sunshine

      Blast off. It’s party time
      And we don’t live in a Fascist nation
      Blast off. It’s party time
      And where the fuck are you?
      Where the fuck are you?
      Where the fuck are you?

      Why don’t presidents fight the war?
      Why do they always send the poor?
      Why don’t presidents fight the war?
      Why do they always send the poor?
      Why do they always send the poor?
      Why do they always send the poor?
      Why do they always send the poor?

      Kneeling roses disappearing
      Into Moses’ dry mouth
      Breaking into Fort Knox
      Stealing our intentions
      Hangars sitting dripped in oil
      Crying, “Freedom!”

      Handed to obsoletion
      Still you feed us lies from the tablecloth

      La, la la, la la, la la, la la

      Everybody’s going to the party, have a real good time
      Dancing in the desert, blowing up the sunshine

      Everybody’s going to the party, have a real good time
      Dancing in the desert, blowing up the sun

      Where the fuck are you?
      Where the fuck are you?
      Why don’t presidents fight the war?
      Why do they always send the poor?
      Why don’t presidents fight the war?
      Why do they always send the poor?
      Why do they always send the poor?
      Why do they always send the poor?

      Why do they always send the poor?
      Why do they always send the poor?
      Why do they always send the poor?
      They always send the poor
      They always send the poor