The US has announced it’ll further reduce the amount of troops stationed within the Middle East , causing further consternation among analysts who worry such a move could also be to the detriment of 1 of the region’s key states, Iraq.
Acting US Secretary of Defense Christoph Miller announced on Tuesday President Donald Trump’s decision to scale back US troop presence in Afghanistan and Iraq to 2,500 each by January 15, 2021.
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The impact of an American withdrawal has long sparked unease, as many feel it might accelerate the expansion of Iran’s influence and a resurgence of the ISIL (ISIS) armed group.
Shortly after the announcement was made, Baghdad’s Green Zone, a heavily fortified area that houses foreign embassies, including that of the US, became the target of a rocket attack. These attacks became a frequent occurrence in 2020, emblematic of Iraq’s current situation.
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