US to Withdraw Hundreds of Troops From Baghdad

Troops will be going to 'safer areas,' mainly Kuwait

While the Pentagon was quick to disavow a letter which suggested that the US was preparing to withdraw troops from Iraq, NBC News is quoting military officials as saying that there is a “repositioning” of some US troops being carried out.

A “few hundred troops” will be involved in this move, and will be removed from the Iraqi capital of Baghdad to “safer areas.” Some will move elsewhere in Iraq, but many will be leaving outright, going to Kuwait.

There are a substantial number of US troops flocking to Kuwait lately, as many of the escalations announced over the past week put troops there as well. Troops attempted to enter Iraq last weekend from Kuwait, but were denied entry.

Iraq’s parliament has voted to tell the US troops to leave Iraq, but Pentagon officials say they have no intention of doing so. President Trump has threatened major sanctions against Iraq for even asking.

Author: Jason Ditz

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