As it turns out, President Trump’s decision to kill Iranian General and revolutionary icon Qasem Suleimani – an attack that millions of Trump’s liberal critics hysterically warned would risk starting WWIII – might have given the US exactly the cover it needs to pull out of Iraq, once and for all.
In a letter obtained by AFP, the US Army has told Iraq that it is preparing to “move out” citing “respect for Iraqi sovereignty.”
AFP also confirmed that “a US defence official and an Iraqi defence official confirmed the letter was real and had been delivered.”
Full letter below:
sLTG Abdul Amir
Deputy Director, Combined Joint Operations Baghdad Iraq – Ministry of Defense
Sir, in due deference to the sovereignty of the Republic of Iraq, and as requested by the Iraqi Parliament and the Prime Minister, CJTF-OIR will be repositioning forces over the course of the coming days and weeks to prepare for onward movement.
In order to conduct this task, Coalition Forces are required to take certain measures to ensure that the movement out of Iraq is conducted in a safe and efficient manner.
During this time, there will be an increase in helicopter travel in and around the International Zone (IZ) of Baghdad. This increased traffic will include CH47, VH-00, and AH-64 security escort helicopters.
Coalition Forces will take appropriate measures to minimize and mitigate the disturbance to the public. In addition, we will conduct these operations during hours of darkness to help alleviate any perception that we may be bringing more Coalition Forces into the IZ.
As we begin implementing this next phase of operations, I wish to reiterate the value of our friendship and partnership. We respect your sovereign decision to order our departure.
WILLIAM H. SEEKLY III
Brigadier General, U.S. Marine Corps
Commanding General, TF-Iraq
Was Trump playing 5-D chess after all?