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Iraq

US urges Iraq not to redeploy troops from frontlines to protect Baghdad

By Rudaw 18/5/2016
Iraqi Security forces inspect the scene after a bomb explosion in Baghdad's northern neighborhood of Shaab, Iraq, May 17, 2016. AP Photo.
Iraqi Security forces inspect the scene after a bomb explosion in Baghdad's northern neighborhood of Shaab, Iraq, May 17, 2016. AP Photo.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Colonel Steve Warren, the spokesperson for the coalition forces in Iraq called on Baghdad on Wednesday to keep its military forces deployed on the front-lines against Islamic State (ISIS) rather than redeploy them to protect Baghdad. 

"Our advice to the Iraqi government is to keep the pressure up. The way to win is to expel ISIL completely from Iraq, to wipe them out," said Col. Warren.


"The Iraqis want to re-position some forces," to the Iraqi capital, Warren explained. "We said 'Hey, we think you should keep the forces out in the field.' And that's what they ended up doing." 

"It’s an Iraqi government decision as to when they begin or if they begin to pull forces back. Our advice to the Iraqi government is to keep the pressure up. We're going to support them in whatever decision they make, but our advice to them is to keep their foot on the gas, continue," he said. 

His remarks follow a series of deadly suicide bombings in the capital Baghdad which have killed at least 200 civilians, making May the deadliest month so far this year. 

"These attacks appear to be a shift in ISIL's tactics," Col. Warren said. "Over the last six months, our enemy has suffered a string of defeats because the ISF [Iraqi Security Forces] is proving increasingly effective. ISIL wants to throw punches that land. To do this, they appear to have chosen to revert to some of their terrorist roots." 

The colonel went on to explain that the US has had prior experience with these "terrorist roots" during the Iraq War. 

"What they've resorted to are these kind of old, you know, mid-2000s terrorist tactics that are really part of their AQI [al-Qaeda in Iraq] roots. That's how they got their start is through terror tactics," Warren said. 

He also maintained that no additional US troops would be needed to protect the US embassy in Baghdad. 

"We don't believe we need any additional security," Warren told Fox News, "We believe that the security that we have in place is adequate to the threat." 

Comments

 
beetleking | 19/5/2016
Just build the fricking Castle in Bagdad..
Muraz Adzhoev | 19/5/2016
Baghdad is not much interested in deploying more of its military forces on northern and western front-lines against ISIS because Iraq is dead. The US-led coalition has to and must urgently start and provide direct military support of the Kurdistan Peshmerga army forces to fully defeat ISIS bands and groups former in former Iraq within just a few months. Baghdad has no legitimate sovereign power, state authority and capability any more.
Karen Holmes | 19/5/2016
The solution to every crisis is to do what is in everyone's best interest. How about if everyone put down the guns and discuss the plan for the international government. Under the plan, which is based on fair and equitable practices, disputes between nations will be resolved in court rather than the battlefield, and the monies now wasted on war will go to support the people. Soldiers who would have fought each other will instead work shoulder to should on major construction projects. It is in no one's best interest for one individual to become the "emperor of the planet." How can one individual protech himself from a hostile takeover of the position? Under the plan, each nation sends a president to the international government and everyone is equal.
American | 20/5/2016
Muraz Adzhoev, I can't agree with you more, but the rest of Iraq after the Kurds leave needs to be a stable and functioning place with a successful government, so please be thankful that they are trying to recapture the non-Kurdish land stolen by ISIS.
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