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  • Why Conflict With Iran Over Iraq Can’t End Until America Withdraws

    01/23/2020 9:08:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 01/23/2020 | By Willis L. Krumholz
    Iran was dealt a severe blow with the strike that killed Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani. Yet because of Iran’s core interests, the danger to U.S. servicemembers in Iraq is far from over. Instead of playing politics, Washington must realize that risking the lives of American forces in a gamble to reduce Iranian influence in Iraq isn’t worth it and may be self-defeating. Just look at the history of America and Iran.Many Americans view this history as starting in 1979 when, during the Iranian Revolution that overthrew the shah, Islamic radicals stormed the U.S. embassy in Iran and held...
  • Iraqi PM tells US to start working on troop withdrawal plan

    01/10/2020 8:46:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    CNBC ^ | 01/10/2020
    KEY POINTS: *Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has told the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to send a delegation to Iraq tasked with formulating the mechanism for the withdrawal of U.S troops from Iraq. * The Iraqi leader asked Pompeo to “send delegates to Iraq to prepare a mechanism to carry out the parliament’s resolution regarding the withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq.” Iraq’s caretaker prime minister asked the U.S. secretary of state to start working out a road map for an American troop withdrawal from Iraq, his office said Friday, signaling his insistence on ending the U.S. military...
  • U.S.-Led Coalition Tells Iraqi Military It Will Withdraw From Iraq Out Of Respect For The Nation's Sovereignty

    01/06/2020 12:56:17 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 97 replies
    Reuters via Twitter ^ | 01/06/20 | Reuters
    U.S.-led coalition tells Iraqi military it will withdraw from Iraq out of respect for the nation's sovereignty
  • Mattis: Obama Failed to Respond to Iran Bomb Plot on U.S. Soil Because of Nuclear Deal

    09/05/2019 4:33:35 PM PDT · by Liberty7732 · 82 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 09/05/19
    After the surprise resignation of Secretary of Defense James Mattis last December, Democrats were quick to politicize the news, and have certainly been hoping ever since that Mattis would provide them with new information they could use to attack Donald Trump. He does have a memoir coming out, Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead, but it looks like it’s Barack Obama and Joe Biden who get the bulk of the criticism. Prior be being Secretary of Defense under Trump, Mattis served as commander of U.S. Central Command under Obama and Biden. Mattis had predicted that Iran would continue to provoke...
  • NATO countries boost defense spending

    11/30/2019 4:07:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | November 30, 2019 | The Washington Post
    BRUSSELS — NATO nations are increasing spending on defense, with nine of the alliance’s 29 members now meeting guidelines, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday, ahead of a summit next week where President Donald Trump is expected to urge leaders yet again to increase military expenditures. The top-tier spending club — with at least 2% of annual gross domestic allocated for defense — expanded by one country and now includes Bulgaria, according to figures released by the military alliance. EU countries and Canada have collectively boosted their defense spending every year since 2015, motivated first by Russia’s conflict with...
  • US retreat from Syria likely prevented war with Iran

    10/30/2019 2:04:50 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 35 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/10/19 | Mark Langfan
    ..... ...1630’s Dutch Tulip Mania is a good place to start a serious discussion about what one could call "The 2019 North Syria/Save the Kurds/Trump is a Monster" mania, or put more simply, President Trump’s northern Syria retreat in the face of Turkish belligerence. It seems that Trump has learned some of the lessons of the past. Before World War I, the Chief of the German High Command, Field Marshall Alfred von Schlieffen, saw the looming French/English/Russian Military Alliance as the setting for a disastrous two-front war with 1) France/Great Britain to the West and 2) Tsarist Russia to the...
  • As America Leaves Syria, Iran Isn’t as Happy as You Think

    10/20/2019 4:12:58 PM PDT · by FreedomNotSafety · 27 replies
    WSJ ^ | October 20, 2019 | Ray Takeyh
    There are many sound arguments about why the U.S. should not have withdrawn its modest presence. But the notion that the pullout empowers Tehran is belied by its leaders’ expressions of anxiety. The Middle East rarely offers a respite to ambitious nations, even Iran.
  • U.S. "Preparing To Evacuate" Remaining Troops From Northern Syria, Defense Secretary Says

    10/13/2019 5:39:56 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 10 replies
    Face The Nation ^ | 10/13/19 | EMILY TILLETT, MARGARET BRENNAN
    Washington — The U.S. is "preparing to evacuate" about 1,000 U.S. troops remaining in northern Syria, Defense Secretary Mark Esper told "Face the Nation" in an interview airing Sunday.The move comes a week after President Trump announced the repositioning of several dozen American troops embedded with Kurdish forces in northern Syria, opening the door for a Turkish offensive.Esper told "Face the Nation" the troops remaining in the country were caught between Turkish forces and the Kurdish-backed Syrian Defense Forces (SDF), the main U.S. ally in the fight against ISIS. Esper said Mr. Trump had authorized "a deliberate withdrawal" on Saturday night, saying it...
  • U.S. pulls forces from Libya as fighting intensifies

    04/07/2019 8:31:43 PM PDT · by deport · 7 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | April 7, 2019 10:56 pm | Rami Musa and Samy Magdy
    The United States has temporarily withdrawn some of its forces from Libya due to “security conditions on the ground,” a top military official said.......
  • President Trump Should Connect Both Ends of Korea Policy

    01/25/2019 12:19:18 PM PST · by Twotone · 2 replies
    American Spectator ^ | January 25, 2019 | Doug Bandow
    A year ago the Left was convinced that President Donald Trump was going to plunge the world into nuclear war in Korea. Today it is upset because he hasn’t done so — or at least has yet to achieve what no other president managed to do, force the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to disgorge its nuclear weapons. Neoconservatives are mad that he is talking with instead of bombing the North’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. And that the president has mooted the possibility of withdrawing U.S. troops from South Korea. It doesn’t seem to matter what he does or doesn’t...
  • No Syria withdrawal without Turkish pledge not to attack Kurds, NSA John Bolton says

    01/06/2019 10:00:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    NBC News ^ | 01/06/2018 | Carol E. Lee
    President Donald Trump will not withdraw American troops from northern Syria until the Turkish government guarantees it won’t then attack Syrian Kurdish forces that have been critical allies in the fight against ISIS, national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday. Bolton said a commitment from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that protects the Kurds after American forces exit is something Trump is demanding, and that it’s just one of several conditions that have to be met before U.S. troops leave. “There are objectives that we want to accomplish that condition the withdrawal,” Bolton said. He spoke to reporters traveling with...
  • Car bomb kills at least 27 people in Iraqi city

    06/30/2009 10:45:15 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 200+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | June 30, 2009 | PATRICK QUINN
    A car bomb exploded in a crowded outdoor market in the northern city of Kirkuk on Tuesday, killing at least 27 people, police said, a deadly reminder of the challenges facing the Iraqi government even as it celebrated the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from cities. The bombing marred what had otherwise been a festive day as Iraqis commemorated the newly declared National Sovereignty Day with military parades and marching bands. It also came hours after four U.S. soldiers were killed in combat Monday in Baghdad. Although there were no immediate claims of responsibility, the bombing and the way it...
  • Security in Iraq Is it getting worse again?

    BARACK OBAMA’s administration has promised to withdraw all American troops from all of Iraq’s towns by the end of this month. As the deadline looms, people are again asking whether Iraq’s forces will be able to cope on their own. On cue, a fresh bout of violence has erupted. On June 20th, a huge lorry bomb exploded in Taza, a Turkmen town just south of the disputed city of Kirkuk, killing at least 70 people. Two days later at least seven bombs went off in and around Baghdad, including a roadside blast, a car bomb and a suicide attack, killing...
  • US ends Syria stabilization funding, cites more allied cash

    08/17/2018 5:33:46 PM PDT · by bitt · 17 replies ^ | 8/17/2018 | ap
    <p>The Trump administration is ending funding for Syria stabilization projects as it moves to extricate itself from the conflict.</p> <p>The State Department said it had notified Congress on Friday that it would not spend some $230 million that had been planned for Syria programs and would instead shift that money to other areas.</p>
  • Again without a computer

    07/26/2018 2:47:33 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 99 replies
    Self | 7/26/'18 | Zionist Conspirator
    I'm sure you've all noticed that I have been missing for a while. Unfortunately, my computer conked out on the 11th of this month and I have been without one since. I also don't know if I will ever get it back. I'm very disappointed (to put it mildly) that a brand new Dell Inspiron computer, purchased at Best Buy on Feb.15 of last year (with help from a total stranger on the Internet) didn't even last a year and a half. It is in the shop but all signs point to it being unfixable. It was already acting a...
  • U.S. ambassador urges Germany to block Iran cash withdrawal

    07/11/2018 7:23:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 10, 2018 4:21 AM | Andrea Shalal, Andreas Rinke and Markus Wacket
    The U.S. ambassador to Germany urged Berlin on Tuesday to stop Iran withdrawing large sums of cash from bank accounts in Germany to offset the effect of new U.S. sanctions imposed after Washington withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal. Richard Grenell, a longtime critic of the accord, told the mass-circulation daily Bild that the U.S. government was extremely concerned about Tehran’s plans to transfer hundreds of millions of euros in cash to Iran. “We encourage the highest levels of the German government to intervene and stop the plan,” Grenell said. […] Bild first reported on Monday that German authorities were...
  • EU Withdrawal Bill officially becomes law

    06/26/2018 4:48:03 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 23 replies
    The government's flagship Brexit legislation has officially become law, Speaker John Bercow has announced. Mr Bercow told MPs the EU Withdrawal Bill had received royal assent - meaning the Queen has agreed to make it into an Act of Parliament. *** The EU Withdrawal Act, as it is now known, will also repeal the 1972 European Communities Act, which took Britain into the EU and meant that European law took precedence over laws passed in the UK Parliament.
  • Report: US seeking Arab force to replace its troops in Syria

    04/17/2018 1:12:41 AM PDT · by Patriot777 · 28 replies
    Arutz Sheva 7 ^ | April 18, 2018, 9:17 | Tal Polon
    White House reportedly aiming to bring regional Arab troops to Syria instead of US forces, preventing ISIS comeback and Iranian foothold. The Trump administration is seeking to assemble an Arab force in Syria that would replace the US military presence there, US officials told The Wall Street Journal. According to the officials, the administration has asked Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to contribute billions of dollars to help restore northern Syria, and wants Arab nations to send troops to the area. In line with the plan, the officials said that new National Security Adviser John Bolton had...
  • The State Department Is Set For A Massive Withdrawal Of Staff From The Cuban Embassy

    09/29/2017 3:37:28 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 09/28/17 | Ariel Zilber
    The United States will remove most diplomatic staff from its embassy in Cuba as part of a major withdrawal of personnel following mysterious ‘sonic’ attacks, it was reported on Thursday. The Trump administration decided to undertake preparations for a large-scale withdrawal after Washington did not come away convinced that the Cuban government was doing everything it could to protect American diplomats in Havana, CBS News reported. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met this week with his Cuban counterpart, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez at the State Department in Washington. The meeting apparently did little to sway the administration from its original...
  • The real source of Team Obama’s ‘despair’ over Mike Flynn

    11/24/2016 8:22:58 AM PST · by markomalley · 20 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 11/22/16 | Marc Thiessen
    f you thought the handwringing among the cast of Hamilton over the impending Trump presidency was bad, it apparently does not compare to the growing despair among the Obama White House team. What has them most upset? The elevation of Steve Bannon or Jeff Sessions? No, it turns out that the most “devastating blow” was the selection of a fellow Democrat – Lt. Gen. Michael Fynn – as National Security Advisor. The Associated Press reports: As Obama hopped from capital to capital, news of the emerging Trump administration followed him, dominating news conferences and private meetings with leaders…. Each time...