Baghdad News –
The United States will need to deploy a long-term military force in Iraq ranging from 10,000 to 20,000 troops after a sensational defeat, according to a senior military and political expert at the Pentagon during George W. Bush’s second term, Eric Edelman.
“It is likely that US forces will range from 10,000 to 8,000 US troops, which are sufficient to supplement the Iraqi security forces to flush out a whole Iraq,” the expert said in a press statement.
“The number could be as high as 20,000,” he said, adding that “the military will act as advisers and complementary soldiers to eliminate the remnants of Dahesh after the expulsion of the last of their forces from Mosul.”
He said that “Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi will probably avoid parliament through executive procedures and his predecessor, Nuri al-Maliki, failed to push the strategic framework agreement through parliament in 2011, causing the calculation of US forces.” For his part, said Professor Hal Brands Professor of International Affairs, John University “There is an inevitable type of permanent US military presence in Iraq,” Hopkins said.
“I hope the 2014 experience has proved the importance of paying a political price to keep US troops in Iraq,” he said.
US diplomats and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi are in the midst of negotiations on a status-of-forces agreement that will detail the long-term US military presence in the country.
The US forces leading the so-called International Alliance are the first accused to assist with the provision of logistical assistance and weapons to them, while striking the Iraqi security forces, which Washington interpreted as a mistake.
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