The Pentagon has decided to freeze its own plans in Iraq because Sadr and al-Amiri won the elections
The Washington Times reported that the Pentagon has frozen the Pentagon’s plans for Iraq despite the talk of a partnership between the United States and NATO to train and advise Iraqi forces in order not to allow the return of a ” As it drew attention to the existence of a backlash in the United States and Western countries by the leader of the Sadrist movement Moqtada al-Sadr in the recent Iraqi elections.
According to the newspaper, quoting US officials, “the plan that was put on Iraq, a long-term as is the case in Afghanistan, was frozen at the present time, despite the growing commitment by NATO there, .which could be a big step “He said NATO Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at a press conference following a meeting of NATO defense ministers that the exact number of troops to be assigned by NATO or partner countries on .the Iraq mission would be determined at the NATO annual summit scheduled for next month.
We believe that our best weapon is to train local forces to stabilize their own country and fight” terrorism on their own. NATO has deployed its fighters in many combat operations. It may happen that we need to do this again, but in the long run we believe that the strategy of training local forces .is better. “He said.
The new NATO training mission in Iraq is part of the ongoing effort to suppress and fight an” oppressive organization and prevent its emergence in the Middle East or elsewhere,” said Defense .Secretary James Matisse We can not allow Da’ash or any other terrorist group to terrorize the people of this region and again” “.push them to leave and go to Europe or elsewhere NATO’s mission in Iraq will not move forward unless there is explicit cooperation from Baghdad; we” will deal with those who come to the new Iraqi government after its formation, we will deal with them .as a sovereign state,” he stressed.
The sources said the US Defense Department had said before the NATO summit, according to the American newspaper, “Matisse intends to provide a US plan to expand the process of military training for Iraqi forces and makes it like the ambitious task in Afghanistan, where the international force to fight the organization,” Daash “in Iraq and Syria from But the results of the recent Iraqi elections and the lack of confidence in the security and political situation in Iraq after the elections prompted the Pentagon to move slowly to implement this plan pending the formation of the new government in.”
The United States, which stood up and supported the current prime minister, Haidar al-Abadi, in the” May 12 election, was apparently surprised by the victory of the Sadrist faction of Muqtada al-Sadr, .who was dissolved first, Conquest “in second place, while the third solution Abadi.
Sadr’s victory has created discontent in Washington and other Western capitals, especially as Sadr” announced last month that the United States is a gas state,” he said, adding that he would not allow .America to intervene at all in Iraqi affairs.
At the same time, Sadr’s statements towards Iran were more conciliatory, as he stressed that it is a” neighboring country afraid of his interests and hope not to interfere in Iraqi affairs, and Sadr has a history of advocacy and urging the expulsion of Americans from Iraq, has announced before the recent elections that the forces America can become a target for Shiite groups if they remain long in. Source