US policy reveals plan to reduce presence in Iraq

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The US administration’s Donald Trump is considering a possible reduction in the number of US diplomats in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to the magazine Foreign Policy.

The newspaper quoted US officials who declined to be named that it is planned to reduce the number of US diplomats in Kabul, twice by 2020. In Iraq it is possible – according to the plan has not been approved so far – will lose between 20 and 30 US diplomats seats there This year, and between 30 and 50% of the staff of US diplomatic missions in Baghdad and Erbil (Kurdistan Region) next year.

The plan is in line with Washington’s intention to reduce its military presence in the Middle East and South Asia in preparation for the so-called “grand competition” with China and Russia.

“We always get information from Africa that the number of Chinese diplomats who are there solving economic and other issues exceeds the number of American diplomats by between four and five times,” a Foreign Office spokesman was quoted as saying.

“We can not continue to focus all this money in Afghanistan and Iraq.”

Since 2001, the United States and its NATO allies have conducted a military operation in Afghanistan against the Taliban and other armed groups. This is the longest process in the history of the US armed forces.

In 2018, the Trump administration introduced a new strategy for its work in South Asia, which required the active participation of Asian countries in the settlement of the conflict in Afghanistan. In addition, Washington is considering the possibility of withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan or seriously reducing its military presence there if there are guarantees that terrorist organizations such as “Daash” and “Al Qaeda” will not carry out its work in the territory of Afghanistan.


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