Us Iraq conflict ignites powder keg in the Middle East

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 Us Iraq conflict ignites powder keg in the Middle East


Despite the tense situation, it seems that the United States does not want to fight. We didnt start a war, we stopped a war, trump said

On January 6, a number of US media reported that William H. Healy III, commander of the US military in Iraq, had written to the Iraqi Ministry of defense that, out of respect for Iraqs independent sovereignty, the US military would be ready to leave Iraq. Not long after, however, the U.S. Defense Department said it had no plans to withdraw from Iraq.

The reporter combed the deployment of US troops in the Middle East in the past decade and found that the presence of US troops in the region has shown an overall downward trend, both in terms of troops and military facilities. According to expert analysis, although there are major conflicts between the United States and Iran, both sides have mutual scruples and are unlikely to have a large-scale positive conflict.

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U.S. troops without agreement to monitor Iran

Indeed, US allies have also recently expressed plans to withdraw. Germany, Croatia and other countries have announced specific withdrawal plans.

Looking back on the military deployment of the US military in the Middle East, in 2007, the US military in Iraq reached its peak of 170000. In 2008, the U.S. government and the Iraqi government reached an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq on December 8, 2011.

However, just after the withdrawal of U.S. forces, Islamic state (is) extremist organizations rose rapidly and occupied most of Iraq and Syria. Defeated, Iraq turned to the United States in early 2014, and the U.S. military has since returned to Iraq. In the absence of a formal garrison agreement, the U.S. military in Iraq reached more than 5000 in 2017.

After Trump came to power, he said he would withdraw American troops stationed in the Middle East. In 2019, however, he said he would leave some U.S. troops in Iraq to monitor Iranian operations. The move infuriated Iraq, where many politicians demanded the withdrawal of US troops. With Sulaimanis death, Iraqs anger at the US military has grown.

Turkey: insrik air base

Jordan: mwafak Sarti air base

Iraq: Assad Air Force Base

Ballard Air Force Base (F-16 squadron base)

Saudi Arabia: Prince of Sudan Air Force Base (2 Patriot missile companies, 1 Sade system, 28th United States bomber team). B-1, F-22, F-15)

Kuwait: Ali Salim air base (386th air expeditionary wing of the United States Air Force)

Qatar: UDD Air Force Base (the largest military base in the Middle East of the United States; the location of the United States joint air operations center, the central command of the United States Air Force, the central special operations command of the United States, and the headquarters of the central command of the United States)

UAE: zafra Air Force Base (the site of the 380th US Air expeditionary coalition, deployed with F-22 fighters and RQ-4 Global Hawk drones; the US military helps train multinational soldiers here); fujaira naval base; Jebel Ali port

Bahrain: Sheikh isa Air Force Base (deployed with F-16, f / A-18); mukharag air force base; Bahrain naval activity support base (located at the central command of the United States Navy and the Fifth Fleet Command of the United States Navy)

Oman: Muscat International Airport; mansara air force base; port of dogham; port of salara

Egypt: the third medical research unit of the United States Navy

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The U.S. military has scruples to reduce the war

Tian Wenlin, a researcher at the Middle East Institute of the Chinese Academy of modern international relations, said the role of the US military in the Middle East has changed from on the stage to behind the scenes. Today, the U.S. militarys return to Iraq aims to ensure the results of the Iraq war, delineate Iraq within the U.S. sphere of influence, and form a deterrent to Iran, Syria and other countries. The withdrawal of US troops in the past decade is the general trend. Trump, in particular, has repeatedly emphasized low-cost control of the Middle East. However, the situation in the region has changed dramatically, and the United States is not allowed to withdraw completely. Therefore, the United States has a lot of scruples and does not want to cause new wars. Iran has been trying to influence the Middle East, but it lacks strength, so although there are great contradictions between the two sides, it will not easily produce a large-scale positive military conflict.

Yu Guoqing, a researcher at the Middle East Research Office of the West Asia and Africa Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, believes that despite some anti US sentiment in Iran, Iran will not basically start a war with the United States.

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US global command

The United States has 11 first level joint operations commands

Six theater commands: Indian Ocean Pacific Command, European Command, Southern Command, central command, Northern Command, and African Command

Five functional commands: Special Operations Command, strategic command, military transportation command, network command, space command

The central command is located in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia

The headquarters are located at mcdill Air Force Base in Florida, and the overseas headquarters are located at Bahrain base of the U.S. Navy

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