President Biden penned an op-ed about his upcoming trip to the Middle East that was published in The Washington Post on Saturday, where he falsely claimed that US troops are not engaged in combat missions in the region.
The president wrote: “Next week, I will be the first president to visit the Middle East since 9/11 without US troops engaged in a combat mission there.”
Biden’s claim came not long after he updated Congress on the deployment of US combat troops. In a letter to Congress dated June 8, the president said US troops were stationed in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.
In Yemen, Biden said that a “small number of United States military personnel are deployed to Yemen to conduct operations against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIS.” He also mentioned that US forces were providing support to the Saudi-led coalition in a “non-combat role” by providing “military advice and limited information.”
In Iraq and Syria, Biden said US troops are “working by, with, and through local partners to conduct operations against” ISIS and al-Qaeda. At the end of 2021, the US formally ended its combat mission in Iraq, but all 2,500 troops that were stationed there stayed, and US operations on the ground didn’t really change.
In Syria, the US maintains an occupation force of about 1,000 troops and keeps a good portion of the eastern part of the country out of the hands of Damascus with the help of local Kurdish groups. While it’s easy to downplay the US role in Iraq, US troops in Syria are more often engaged in combat.
On June 16, US troops carried out a raid in northwestern Syria and captured a top ISIS leader, according to the US-led anti-ISIS coalition, known as Operation Inherent Resolve. US raids in northwest Syria are risky as they are far from US military bases in the eastern part of the country.
The US also continues to launch drone strikes in Syria against al-Qaeda affiliates in northwest Syria. According to US Central Command, a US drone strike killed a leader of al-Qaeda offshoot Hurras al-Din in Syria’s Idlib province.
Earlier in the year, the US was involved in a major ground battle between the Kurdish-led SDF and ISIS in northeastern Syria. Back in January, ISIS launched a major attack to gain control of a prison, and US ground troops helped Kurdish forces take it back.
Biden will be traveling to the Middle East from July 13-16, and he will visit Israel, the West Bank, and Saudi Arabia. A major aspect of his trip is pushing Israel-Saudi normalization and military cooperation against Iran. Biden said in the op-ed that he will be the first president to fly from Israel to Saudi Arabia and called the move “a small symbol of the budding relations and steps toward normalization between Israel and the Arab world.”
13 thoughts on “Biden Falsely Claims US Troops Aren’t Engaged in Combat in the Middle East”
For some reason I have a difficult time picturing Biden writing an op-ed without someone dictating each and every word. Thats why the original copy went something like this:
The president wrote: Quotation marks Next week, I will be the first president to visit the Middle East since 9/11 without US troops engaged in a combat mission there period quotation marks.
The empire has used him until only the husk is left and they use him still. But he’s always been a wiling servant.
And one who profited mightily, … think Uriah Heap.
Indeed … and when you also consider he was one of the least rich members of Congress and still is, makes you think about the depth of corruption …
Same servant who called Social Security a “sacred cow”.
Maybe he signed it. Maybe he just nodded when they told him.
and you think Trump could…. Trump was to lazy to even read briefings let alone write anything…. well anything longer than a tweet
Please don’t misconstrue my comment to think that I’m a Trump supporter. NOTHING could be further from the truth.
What a horrible deal for peace. More Saudi oil in exchange for more weapons to murder the poor Yemenis. Even though there are a ton of oil out of Russia, Venezuela and Iran flowing freely to the rest of the world not onboard with American sanctions.
Very few Americans are dying.
Killing others is not a problem for the American political machine. So we kill or help kill vast numbers, but say we are not there fighting.
I have no wish to sound cynical but… I am cynical.
If Biden cannot be honest and truthful with his own people, how are we suppose to believe he can “normalize” anything?…
Dropping bombs diplomacy? Drone strikes…
Biden could use some tutoring so he can lie with a bit of skill or he should shut the heck up and do his war thing…
P.S. If he goes after Iran, we can all kiss our butts goodbye.
Ever reminding me of the Devil’s Advocate, listen to this clip from a monster demon speaking. I wish evil like that only existed in a movie:
That’s obviously because Russia is not “exceptional”.
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