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Is the U.S. truly leaving Iraq?
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Since thousands of private security contractors are already based in Iraq, I believe the potential for violence is still high. The U.S. is still there to plunder oil and counter Iran’s interest in Iraq.

The U.S. war in Iraq was not also a conventional warfare. War crime was committed there as invaders targeted defenseless civilians without provocation. The number of Iraqis slaughtered during the occupation is 1,455,590. Also, It has been officially acknowledged that 4,801 U.S. personnel were killed in Iraq and the total cost of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has reached $1,293,133,266,9171. 

In a speech at Fort Bragg, N.C., on December 14 President Obama declared that the war in Iraq is over. “I’ve come to speak to you about the end of the war in Iraq,” he told the troops. “Over the last few months, the final work of leaving Iraq has been done. Dozens of bases with American names that housed thousands of American troops have been closed down or turned over to the Iraqis.  Thousands of tons of equipment have been packed up and shipped out. Tomorrow, the colors of United States Forces-Iraq — the colors you fought under — will be formally cased in a ceremony in Baghdad.”

Although all the specifics were true, but Obama’s claim that the war has come to an end is not true, because the reasons behind the war which were access to oil resources and meet the interests of the military industrial complex are still there. 

During Saddam Hussein’s rule in Iraq the Soviet Union supplied arms to the country. Now the United States is selling arms to Iraq. A long-standing Soviet and later Russian ally, Iraq under Saddam never had military relationship with the United States. Now, Iraq is gradually abandoning its huge arsenal of primarily Russian and French made equipment in favor of U.S. arms. 

At a meeting with Obama  at the White House on December 12, al-Maliki was assured a second batch of 18 sophisticated F-16 fighter planes to help rebuild the country's dilapidated air force, whose helicopters and missiles the U.S. destroyed during the war which began in March 2003. The Iraqis have already indicated that their military needs will include a total of 96 F-16 fighter jets in four separate orders. He told the Obama administration that his country will depend on the U.S. not only for new weapons systems but also for training under the U.S. International Military Education and Training (IMET) Program.

There’s going to be something called the Office of Security Cooperation in Iraq after the pullout of troops. It’s going to be under the auspices of the U.S. embassy, so there’s not going to be a military command in Iraq. It’s going to be a pretty small, 150-person office that will do training — things like helping the Iraqi air force how to operate the F-16s that the U.S. will sell them. That’s a pretty typical relationship for countries who have bought American military hardware. So, now it is clear why the U.S. plans to have the largest embassy in the world in Iraq. 18,000 people are going to work for the embassy and very few of those will be diplomats. Others will be American civil service workers and mercenaries of private security contractors: around 3,500 to 5,500.

So the mission of the embassy will be different than a typical embassy in the sense that Iraq is still a more dangerous place than most places the U.S. do military operations. In theory the mission is like any other embassies for commercial ties, political issues that may arise, and security cooperation. In reality, it’s going to be very different. 

Iraq is going to be a battleground between the U.S. and Iran. So the U.S. embassy will try to weaken Iran’s diplomatic ties with Iraq and also spy on Iran’s interests in Iraq. So war is not over, and the U.S. is not leaving Iraq. But Iranians are more trained and more skilled than many other countries in the region to deal with the new situation!

Nosratollah Tajik is Iran’s former ambassador to Jordan. He is now under house arrest in Britain based on false allegations. 

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