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The Battle for Iraq is Intensifying

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31.07.2020

The political, economic, and overall situation in Iraq continues to decline, forcing not only local authorities, but foreign players in this country torn apart by armed US aggression, to actively search for ways to bring it into at least something resembling order.

Discontent among the population at the presence of coalition and, above all others, American forces, which have been located in Iraq since 2003, has lately been doing nothing but increase. The premises of the US embassy in Baghdad’s “Green Zone” were yet again subjected to rocket attacks (on the night before 5 July), and attacks on US military personnel persist. Media outlets affirm that in July alone the American military presence in Iraq has suffered two powerful strikes, one of which was politically motivated. This refers to the announcement made by Agnes Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, who called the murder of Iranian major general Qasem Soleimani on 3 January by Washington a crime, since it violates the norms of international law, despite American rhetoric that it was self-defense.

As far as the second strike is concerned, the main target for Iraqi militants in recent times has been the logistics routes used for rear services support by the US Air Force. For example, on 12 July in the southern part of the country, between the cities of As-Samawah and Diwaniya, a US base supply convoy was hit by unknown attackers. It was reported that US service personnel had intended to redeploy their transport vehicles to Syria, but the military convoy unexpectedly wound up under attack, and judging by the destruction there were both casualties and losses of American equipment.

It is becoming more apparent that the United States is unlikely to abandon its Al Asad Airbase, the military terminal at Baghdad airport, or the Camp Taji installation, since otherwise their logistics routes, which stretch from its base in Kuwait through Iraq to the Syrian Trans-Euphrates, would be disrupted. And Washington definitely has no intentions of leaving the........

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