Defense Confirms that Endless War in Iraq Will Continue Under Trump
One thing, it seems, that will not change under President Donald Trump is the United States military’s occupation of Iraq after Defense Secretary James Mattis said Monday that he believed “we’ll be in this fight for a while.”
During his presidential campaign, Trump claimed that he had opposed the Iraq invasion from the start and boasted repeatedly that he had an undisclosed plan to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS or IS).
But that plan may end up being the same endless war, launched in 2003 by then-President George W. Bush and continued by his successor, President Barack Obama.
After meeting with military commanders and Iraqi leaders on Monday, Secretary Mattis announced that “he is open to any request from his military commanders to aid the battle to retake Mosul and launch a major battle to oust IS from the base of its so-called caliphate in Raqqa, Syria,” AP reported.
And despite calls for the U.S. military to retreat after the so-called Battle of Mosul, Mattis indicated that U.S. involvement in Iraq will likely continue, telling reporters, “I imagine we’ll be in this fight for a while and we’ll stand by each other.”
On Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haideral-Abadi announced the start of a ground offensive on western Mosul, “where Islamic State militants are under siege along with an estimated 650,000 civilians,” Reuters observed.
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