UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – While Iraqi politicians are busy forming a fraction of the majority in the new parliament and the formation of the future government, the current events show that the United States does not intend to withdraw from Iraq.
Recent US President Brett McGurk’s special envoy to the so-called anti-Daesh coalition with Iraqi politicians in Baghdad and the Kurdistan region of Iraq, the warning statement , broadcast by the State Department to the Americans, wishing to visit Iraq, and finally the net declarations of the spokesman of the US coalition, saying that US troops would remain on Iraqi soil as long as necessary, mean, obviously, that the Americans do not want to leave Iraq at all.
The US Department of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on Sunday, August 19, on its website, assessing the rate of danger that could threaten US citizens who want to travel to Iraq.
The State Department statement said US citizens residing in Iraq are at high risk of violence and kidnapping. Many terrorist and insurgent groups are active in Iraq and regularly attack security forces as well as Iraqi civilians.
The statement also said that the Hashd al-Shaabi (People’s Mobilization Units of Iraq) fighters posed a threat to the Americans.
This is not the first time the US has issued warnings against US citizens in Iraq. And that’s when no US military or civilian has ever been subjected to violence and terrorist attacks. All this is just a pretext for the United States to justify maintaining its military troops in Iraq.
The main message that the US State Department statement wants to convey becomes more understandable when we remember recent statements by the US coalition spokesman in Iraq, Colonel Sean Ryan, who has just announced that US forces stay in Iraq “as long as necessary” to help stabilize areas previously controlled by Daesh.
To all this is added the mission of the special envoy of the American president in Iraq. Brett McGurk has been in Iraqi Kurdistan for the past few weeks and is currently in Baghdad discussing with Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish political leaders the formation of the new Iraqi government.
All these warnings, statements and meetings did not go without provoking criticism in Iraqi political circles. Following a few days ago direct telephone contact by US Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo with Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani of Iraqi Kurdistan Region and outgoing Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, various reactions have been found denouncing the direct intervention of the United States in the more internal affairs of Iraq.
Whether or not it achieves its political goals in Iraq, the US government is doing everything to continue its illegal military presence in that territory.