US leaving its European allies alone with the disastrous effects of the disease, may be a well-thought strategy. A destroyed Europe may bring many benefits to the US, as it happened after World War II with the Marshall Plan, which in practice served to take control over European countries devastated by the conflict.
The Iraqi army continues to secure bases from the American forces in Iraq… keeping with the promises of the Iranian-Iraqi-Syrian axis that the response to the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani will be to break Washington’s fame in the region and strike its influence.
Following an increase in attacks on their air bases in the country this year, the US-led coalition forces in Iraq have repositioned for two reasons: long-planned adjustments to the force to reflect success in the campaign against Daesh; and, short-term moves to protect the force during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The “Operation Inherent Resolve” said that these measures were being taken in coordination with Iraq’s government.
To prevent potential spread of COVID-19, the Iraqi Security Forces have suspended all training. As a result, the Coalition will temporarily return some of its training-focused forces to their own countries in the coming days and weeks. The Coalition remains committed to the lasting defeat of ISIS through our partnership with the ISF, and as the situation permits, we will resume our support to Iraqi training.
The Coalition will retain key military personnel on some Iraqi bases, to ensure the Government of Iraq and our interests are appropriately supported. We remain partnered and collaborate closely with Iraqi Security Forces at headquarters, for joint base security, tactical information sharing, and operations against Daesh.
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