As time goes on the Iraqi’s are rapidly losing faith in America and her allies. Among their complaints with our government, is the fact that they’ve utterly failed to stop ISIS (much of the Iraqi population believes we’re helping them), in addition to recent incursions by Turkey, an American ally. These soldiers appear to be the straw that broke the camel’s back for Baghdad, after they parked themselves in Northern Iraq last week and refused to leave.
Now Baghdad appears to be preparing to oust American military influence in their country. The Iraqi parliament’s Security and Defense Committee recently called to reassess their nation’s security agreement with the United States, and again asked Turkish forces to leave their sovereign borders. According to one of the Committee members “The [Iraqi] government and the parliament need to review its security agreement with the US, because Washington is not serious about its implementation. We will demand its cancelation.”
Prime Minister Abadi has also criticized Defense Secretary Ashton Carter for trying to send more troops to Iraq. “Iraq does not need foreign ground forces and the Iraqi government is committed not to allow the presence of any ground force on Iraqi land.”
So if Baghdad doesn’t want America’s help anymore, whose help do they want? Russia’s of course. According to the Security and Defense Committee, “Soon, a meeting with Prime Minister Haider Abadi will be held, at which we will propose cooperating with Russia in carrying out airstrikes against IS and in the fight against terrorism in Iraq.”
After decades of military domination, it appears that the US government is about to lose its grip over Iraq, and the Russians will take their place.