For the 1st time since 2012, U.S. has 2 Naval carriers in the Gulf due to recent tit-for-tat attacks
Recent "tit for tat" attacks?
|Iraqi security forces on Friday check the damage at a civilian airport under construction that was hit by a U.S. airstrike in the holy Shia city of Kerbala|
"Iraq's military condemned overnight U.S. airstrikes on Friday, saying they had killed six people and describing them as a violation of sovereignty and a targeted aggression against the nation's formal armed forces."The pretext that this attack came as a response to the aggression that targeted the Taji base is a false pretext; one that leads to escalation and does not provide a solution,"
"The pretext that this attack came as a response to the aggression that targeted the Taji base is a false pretext; one that leads to escalation and does not provide a solution," Iraq's Joint Operations Command said in a statement.
Iraq is straight out saying the US is lying.
Pretext as defined "a reason given in justification of a course of action that is not the real reason"
"This action is against the will of the Iraqi state and a violation of its sovereignty, it strengthens outlaws. No party has the right to substitute itself for the state, its sovereignty, or its legitimate decisions."Negotiations to stay? Come on! How does one negotiate when a gun or several guns are being held to their head? And bombed at will? Simply not credible to even state such a thing.
The tit-for-tat strikes potentially signal another cycle of violence between Washington and Tehran that could play out inside Iraq. And they threaten to hamper ongoing U.S. negotiations with the Iraqi government to keep American troops in the country.
Due to the ongoing threat, McKenzie said Defence Secretary Mark Esper has agreed to keep two navy aircraft carriers — the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and the USS Harry S. Truman — in the Gulf region "for a period of time."
He said this is the first time since 2012 that the U.S. has had two carriers in the region at the same time.
He also said that Patriot air defence missile systems are being moved into Iraq to provide defences against ballistic missile attacks like the January strike by Iran that hit an Iraqi airbase where U.S. troops were present.
"This is not about responding to a militia- and it’s not directly, though it will eventually get to being, more about a response to Iran. This is about Kirkuk. Control of territory. Control of resources. And most likely a challenge to Russia. As well as Turkey.
The very idea that one would send thousands of additional troops to respond to a militia, into a nation that already has at least 5000 US troops, an unknown number of mercenaries along with other coalition forces present, is absurd. The existing force should make a firm response to the blamed militia, a cakewalk. That said, taking and holding additional territory would require more man power. And that is, in my opinion, what’s really going on."