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Wed May 15, 2019, 11:31 AM

Baghdad Won't Let Washington Use Its Territory in War Against Iran - Iraqs Envoy

Published time: 15 May, 2019 15:21

Iraq does not want a “devastating” new war in the Middle East and will not allow the US to use its territory for military action against neighboring Iran, Baghdad’s ambassador to Moscow has said.

“Iraq is a sovereign nation. We will not let to use our territory,” Haidar Mansour Hadi, the Iraqi envoy to Russia, told journalists at a press conference in Moscow when asked about Iraq’s stance on the rising tensions in the region, fueled by the feud between Washington and Tehran.

The ambassador expressed his hope that “nothing will happen” eventually, adding that his nation “does not want a new devastating war in the region." He also said that Baghdad could try to use its close ties with both the US and Iran to ease tensions.

Iraq made it clear that we want to be part of a solution and not part of the problem.

His words came amid fears that a new war is brewing in the Middle East. On Wednesday, the US ordered the partial evacuation of its embassy in Baghdad and a consulate in Erbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan, after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that “Iranian activities” endanger American sites and troops in Iraq.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 11:49 AM

1. In practical terms

I'm not sure they have much of a say. They are a defeated nation who is not even in complete control of their own territory.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #1)

Wed May 15, 2019, 11:52 AM

2. We going to Iraqis for a third time while we are fighting Iran?

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Response to Badsamm (Reply #2)

Wed May 15, 2019, 11:56 AM

3. I'm not saying that

I'm just saying they aren't much in the way of an effective fighting force, and are incapable of enforcing their will, not that any Arab force that operates under the old Soviet Doctrine is.

I'm just speaking from a purely tactical standpoint. Not a comment on the advisability of any particular policy.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #3)

Wed May 15, 2019, 12:13 PM

4. There are no front lines any more in regards to a war with Iran

Sure there is the Iranian border, but Iran has troops, militias and Hezbollah from Beruit to Tehran. We could possibly hold bases and outposts but as we saw in Vietnam and Afganistán, you can not win a war, control an area, or change their religion history/beliefs if you can’t go outside your walls.

Which way do we attack when they are all around us, and then disappear into the populace?

There are over 15 million Shiites in Iraq and many will fight for Iran.

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Response to Badsamm (Reply #4)

Wed May 15, 2019, 12:33 PM

5. The best possible outcome I can see there

Is a secular government that is disengaged from the affairs of it's neighbors which does not utilize quasi-terrorist organizations to fight proxy wars to destabilize the region. I don't think any better of Saudi Arabia and if they fell into a bottomless pit tomorrow it would be none too soon.

Right now I think the best thing that could happen to the world is for all of them to fight a total war of mutual self annihilation.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 01:18 PM

6. I dont blame them for wanting to stay out of it.

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Wed May 15, 2019, 02:17 PM

7. Then we'll just take the territory*

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