BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The U.S. military has announced their withdrawal from a base along the Syrian border; thus, moving their troops away from the Iranian-backed forces in western Iraq and eastern Syria.

“Today, the @coalition transferred Al Qa’im base to #ISF because of Iraq’s success in the fight against ISIS, in conjunction with partner forces and the Governorate of Iraq, CTJF-OIR will relocate and consolidate personnel and equipment from several Iraqi bases throughout 2020,” the Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) spokesperson said via Twitter on Tuesday.

The U.S. military’s Al-Qa’im base will reportedly be handed over to the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF).

In addition to the ISF troops on the border, Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi) also maintain a large presence in the area.

The PMU coordinate with the Syrian border guards and Iranian-backed forces along the vast Syrian-Iraqi border that was once partially controlled by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh).

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Vince
Vince
2020-03-17 20:24

Well, looks like the combination of the rocket attacks and Putin’s successful handling of US proxy Erdogan did the trick. The decision may also have been influenced by COVID19 and the Russian decision not to cut oil production, which cripples US shale oil.