U.S. Evacuates ‘Smaller’ Bases In Iraq Amid Increasing Rocket Attacks On Its Forces

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U.S. Evacuates 'Smaller' Bases In Iraq Amid Increasing Rocket Attacks On Its Forces

The Russian-Turkish de-escalation agreement on Idlib is once again shrinking due to actions of Turkish proxies and its allies. The security zone along the M4 has not been created and the Russian-Turkish patrols initiative turned to be a formality because any such patrols that would enter the militant-held area will immediately become a target of terrorist attacks.

While mainstream media outlets prefer to report about some ‘moderate protesters’ blocking the M4 highway, in fact, most of the persons involved are directly or indirectly linked to radical organizations operating in Idlib.

On March 16, the Russian Foreign Ministry officially declared that large Idlib armed groups refuse to recognize the de-escalation agreement and use the ceasefire to rearm and resupply their forces preparing for offensive operations in the region. The Russian side noted that there are many former ISIS members in the ranks of Idlib radicals and emphasized that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and similar groups still receive foreign support.

It is hard to imagine how it would be possible to neutralize these factions without another military operation in the region. Despite this, the ceasefire still mostly remains in place along the frontline.

The US-led coalition has opted to leave some of its smaller bases in Iraq following the recent series of rocket attacks on its forces. According to the US military, troops will be redeployed to larger facilities, and this will not affect the military mission in the country. The official explanation claims that the reason is the ‘success’ in the fight against ISIS, but recent casualties from two attacks on Camp Taji seem to be a more realistic version.

A new Iraqi armed group, Ausbat al-Thaayirin, already claimed responsibility for the March 11 rocket attack that killed three US-led coalition personnel. The group said that the attacks were delivered in response to the US assassination of Deputy-Commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Commander of the Iranian Quds Force Maj. Gen. Qassam Soleimani. It also vowed to continue military actions against US forces.

Earlier, Kata’ib Hezbollah declared its full support to such attacks, but rejected responsibility for the recent rocket strikes on Camp Taji. Kataib Hezbollah is a part of the Popular Mobilization Units, an official branch of the Iraqi Armed Forces. The US considers Kataib Hezbollah to be a terrorist organization.

With the start of the ceasefire in Idlib, the main point of tensions in the region is moving from Syria to Iraq. Over the past year, the country has become a battleground of the standoff between the US-Israeli-led block and Iranian-led forces. Since the start of 2020, the standoff has become especially acute and it does not seem to be moving towards de-escalation.

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  • bouncer dogsly

    the US position in the middle east after their failure in Syria is unsustainable. Israel will scream to keep them there.

    • Assad must stay

      They can scream all they want won’t do any good lol

      • Jens Holm

        But they dont. They do exact the same as from 1948 and even a little before that. They are happy having great succes since that.

        Its more like Damaskus go to the sea then they do.

    • Jens Holm

      Its typical arap assumption. None in the whole world believe in that. Jews there instead gets higher focused and have no time for fear as You assume.

      Thats why they anytime can beat You 100 to 1.

      • Hishamsbr

        Have you forgotten the Divine victory of Hezbollah in 2006. Next time, Has a a Nasrallah will pray at the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.

    • Per Jensen

      Strangely, in fact, what interest does Israel really have in supporting Islamic terrorism in Syria, since Israel itself is surrounded by Islamic terrorism, who wants to exterminate Israel?

      • gustavo

        Your way of thinking is totally out of reality. USA-Israel-NATO(Turkey) are the main terrorists supporter in the middle east evidences ? hundred of them you find everywhere, even in CNN and NYT. You want to deny this for your mental goodness, Ok, but the World has finally woke “WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION”.

        • Per Jensen

          Keep the tone and arguments! I am not part of dirty mob aggression. And right: US, Turkey, Israel and Saudi Arabia are main terrorist supporters in Syria. But still, what interests does Israel have in getting another islamic terrorist neighbor state in instead of the current secular Syria?

          • gustavo

            Islamic terrorist neighbor state is not anti-semite or anti-Zionist state or an enemy state, rather it is a friend state. Syria-Iran are enemy states.

          • cechas vodobenikov

            evidence is vast that US/Israel supports/funds al Qaeda, HTS; there r many idiots that deny the truth

          • Lazy Gamer

            It wants its neighbors weakened so that they are less of a threat and easier to land grab from.

          • Human kind is doomed

            Israel needs Syria to be destroyed as a country because of stolen land from Syria and Syrians! ISIS caliphate and other terrorist organizations are funded and supported by Israel (among other sponsors) and they didn’t even try to hide that fact! There is one sick idea among Jews and it is called “Greater Israel”
            It is a “rumor” of course but when one starts to pay attention to what Israel is doing in last 70 years, it starts to become less and less rumor or conspiracy theory!

      • Hishamsbr

        Isreal is the world’s number one Jewish Terrorist state.

        It is outside of all International laws, norms and conventions. In fact, Isreal is in direct, blatant, clear violation of 70 U.N. Resolutions.

        Why ? Because Jewish Rabbinical Talmudism is the world’s most pressing and outright most dangerous phenomenon. Far worse than Coronavirus.

      • AlexanderAmproz

        Money first, the Wars with innocent Cannon-Folders !

        Don’t blame US Citizen colonised by Jews stockholders owning
        the 7 sisters Major Oil Companies sucking Middle East and the World !

        89% of US Senators and Congress hold dual citizenship citizenship with Israel

        https://www.investmentwatchblog.COM/89-of-our-senators-and-congress-hold-dual-citizenship-citizenship-with-israel/

      • bouncer dogsly

        OMG you are really on another planet.

  • Terence Silvestre Jr.

    Yes.

  • Jens Holm

    Those group were not even asked. So why should they sayyes and no.

    The main problems are the big ones not even listen to the essence about the things happenings there even they as soacalled strong goverments should be able to make changes, which make more sence since the artificial states of Syria, Iraq and for that matter Turkey arrived from thee adrsk of the collpasedOsmans.

    Here we now by Balfour and fx Lausanne and France leaving 1946 instead have several states all runned by little Osmans in stead.

    Only Turks has made vital changes. We also see, they are the only ones having at least partly succes.

  • Per Jensen

    When does Russia realize that Turkey will not cooperate in fighting terrorism in Syria/Idlib?

  • nyomarek

    Good news thank You!!

  • Hishamsbr

    Isreal is on life support. And Isreali’s dont want to see the writing on the wall

  • cechas vodobenikov

    http://www.sott.net/article/430894
    despised obese,and cowardly, they return to Kansas for their marijuana and burgers….living in a cultural desert, a dictatorship…these death fearing automatons r so shallow and psychologically damaged that the only distraction that appeals to them is creating suffering across the globe—the notorious self uglified amerikan is despised in all nations—even UK and Israel, per recent polls

  • Zaphod Braden

    There should not BE any American bases in Iraq.
    The Bush Family wealth should be distributed to the TROOPS who were maimed and crippled in the wars the Bush Family lied America into fighting. The Bush Family has huge investments in “defense” stocks such as the CARLYLE GROUP and the Bush Family was PROFITTING & got RICHer as American Troops bled. Then the NEOCON-War Mongers (Cheney, Krauthammer, Kristol, Rice, Rove), the whole list of those who spread and supported the LIES) should also be stripped. – Their lies are Treason and War Crimes. They murdered millions of Innocents .