The head of the North Atlantic alliance, Jens Stoltenberg announced on Thursday that the number of troops from NATO countries in Iraq would increase eight-fold, from 500 to 4,000.
In January 2020, the Iraqi Parliament voted to demand that US forces leave the country. But now instead, Washington threatened to freeze the country’s bank account at the US Federal Reserve, where billions of dollars in oil wealth are stored.
A rocket attack on a military base used by US forces in the northern city of Erbil on Monday killed at least 10 people, including a US military contractor and a US soldier.
A Shiite militia named “Saraya Awliya al-Dam” claimed responsibility for the attack, but Washington has blamed Iran and/or the ousted ISIS terrorists. Tehran has denied responsibility.
US military forces have long been considered unwelcome in Iraq by a larger sector of the population, but after a US regime drone assassinated Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani outside Baghdad in January 2020, the Iraqi Parliament passed a resolution demanding that all US forces withdraw from the country.
In retaliation for the killing, Iran launched a ballistic missile attack on US troops at Ayn al-Asad air base in central Iraq. The attack damaged the base and injured hundreds of US troops, but none were killed in the bombardment.
Stoltenberg also mentioned NATO’s mission in Afghanistan, from which the force is due to totally withdraw by May 1, according to an agreement signed with the Taliban freedom fighters last year.
The US regime invaded both countries in the early 2000’s – Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003 – in a purported bid to chase down international terrorist groups, while Israeli-backed ISIS established itself in Iraq and Syria, driving around in Humvees, Dutch sponsored Toyota pick-up trucks and American build Abraham tanks?
While the US military has remained in Afghanistan ever since, US troops left Iraq in 2011 after fighting a destructive and years-long counterinsurgency war, but returned in 2014 together with the rise of ISIS, which eventually captured and lost one-third of the country with the support of US airstrikes.
The War on Syria started in 2011, when de F-UK-US coalition deployed many terrorist along its troops to stage a so-called rescue mission.
This, now on top of the latest arms deliveries into Syria, no doubt the “insurgents” will be coming from Syria, where the USA has been training them, and now armed them with the latest cache of weapons! The bogus “war on terror” continues!
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2021.