The American army resumes its joint operations with Iraq
Two American military officials confirmed that the American army has resumed its joint operations with Iraq, 10 days after it was suspended following the assassination of the commander of the Iranian Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani.
The New York Times quoted officials who did not mention their names as saying that “the army was keen to resume operations against ISIS as soon as possible, with the aim of missing the opportunity for the organization to regain its momentum, and denying it any propaganda victory it might claim because of the United States ceasing its operations in Iraq” “.
In response to a question by Agence France Presse, the Pentagon refused to comment on what was reported by “The New York Times”.
On the initiative of Washington, the joint military operations between the two countries ceased on January 5, two days after Soleimani was killed by a raid by a US plane marching near Baghdad airport.
On the same day, the Iraqi parliament asked the government to end the presence of all foreign forces in the country.
And Monday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “All Iraqi leaders have told him on private councils, that they support the American military presence in their country, despite public calls for American soldiers to leave Iraq.”
However, Pompeo did not rule out a reduction in the number of his country’s soldiers deployed in Mesopotamia, in line with President Donald Trump’s desire to confirm his intention to withdraw from “costly” military operations in the Middle East. Source