Restructuring the US Military Presence in Iraq

By Eric Bordenkircher, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Pivoting to the KRG: Restructuring the U.S. Military Presence in Iraq

Since the start of the Iraq War in 2003, a defining element of American policy has been the importance of the political and territorial integrity of the Iraqi state.

In light of the U.S. killing of Qassem Soleimani, subsequent retaliation from Iran, and continued violence in Iraq—most recently manifesting in an unclaimed attack against the U.S. embassy—the U.S. government must now reconsider the viability of its current policy towards Iraq.

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3 Responses to Restructuring the US Military Presence in Iraq

  1. Rob Bruce 8th February 2020 at 15:06 #

    Forming a stronger alliance with the Kurds is definitely the best solution for not only maintaining a central presence in the Middle East but also assists the Kurds in the face of an ever present Iranian threat. Though with Qassem Soleimani gone, the Kurds can enjoy a reprieve to some extent which makes me think that KRG might consider running another vote for cessation from Iraq again. So if Iraq wants to lose out to the possible emerging state of a stronger Kurdistan Federation backed by the U.S coalition in assistance, then it should pull the proverbial head out of its proverbial desert hole and get its governance sorted quickly. The other point to a U.S backed KRG is that the Kurds could also afford the luxury of calling on the U.N in support of KRG sovereignty in the region, with the U.S throwing some weight behind it. Getting rid of the de-facto stigma for good. The U.N did absolutely nothing to support the KRG a few years ago when they made a challenge to Abadi's government to secede from Iraq. Soleimani pounced on Barzani protecting its patronising Shia brotherhood alliance with Iraq at the time.
    Bottom line is U.S should in deed consolidate big time in the northern region. That would also put the Turks on notice as well as the Iranians. Go big or go home.

  2. Steven 17th February 2020 at 07:36 #

    All NATO members should have bases all over Iraq the same as we had in West Germany after the war

  3. Torncoppa 17th February 2020 at 13:36 #

    Even if at least there is one UN outpost in Iraq. I suggest the beneficiary not be Iraq, but Kurdistan .