US Troops in Iraq Targeted Daily by Iranian-Backed Missiles, Iran Still Vowing the Death of Trump

On Dec. 9, 2021, the US-led combat mission in Iraq came to an official end after 6,850 days. But that momentous occasion did not equal a ticket home for the 2,500 U.S. troops still stationed in the country. Neither did it signal a change of mission for 900 troops currently serving in Syria.

“I expect that we will continue to provide some limited support to the Iraqis going forward,” said U.S. Central Command Commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, Jr. “But again, it’s going to be essentially, by and large, it’s going to be a noncombatant process.”

Iraq-based U.S. forces will pivot to a slightly different role, one they call “advise and assist.” They’ll be providing support to Iraqi forces as they continue to try and stamp out the enduring vestiges of ISIS, which was officially defeated in 2017 but is lately making a comeback. But Iran wants the U.S. out of the region.

“Iran still pursues a vision of ejecting us from the theater, and they see the principal battleground for that as being in Iraq,” McKenzie explained. “And I believe they are under the view that they can increase friction in Iraq to where we will leave and that will not affect the nuclear negotiations that are underway. That’s not a military issue. That’s an issue for U.S. national leadership.”

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Source: CBN