Iraq Confirms Trump's Troop Exit 'Achieved' With 2,500 Soldiers Already Gone

Iraq Confirms Trump’s Troop Exit ‘Achieved’ With 2,500 Soldiers Already Gone

Tyler Durden

Mon, 10/05/2020 – 19:40

Authored by Jason Ditz via AntiWar.com,

Iraqi PM Mustafa Kadhimi has confirmed over the weekend that at least 2,500 US troops have already withdrawn from Iraq as part of what will ultimately be a three year period of pullout from the country.

This came following the recent announcement of US troop cuts during Kadhimi’s US visit, and the more recent threats to close the embassy and withdraw outright after troops came under rocket attack from militias. PM Kadhimi called the move as part of “a great achievement”.

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Some Iraqi officials have objected to the US threats, and particularly to the way they were made, cautioning that US threats were liable, in such a public way, to have a spillover effect on other nations working with Iraq.

Still, fear that the US might start a war with the militias probably is not such an immediate threat if the US is continuing to pull troops out. Many Iraqis have wanted the US out of Iraq for awhile now, and if the 3-year plan is in place, Kadhimi really just needs to try to keep things together while that works itself out.

Underscoring that, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s most recent threats were to pull troops out if Iraq can’t protect them, which is giving the militias exactly what they want, and what Iraq has already negotiated, just on a faster time-frame.

The US assumption seems to be that the loss of US troops is something to fear, and therefore something to threaten.

That doesn’t make a lot of sense in Iraq, which already asked the US troops to leave and where Kadhimi confirmed securing a 3-year commitment after the US initially tried to sell him on an eight year process.



Source: Zero Hedge, Iraq Confirms Trump’s Troop Exit ‘Achieved’ With 2,500 Soldiers Already Gone

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LeBron staying ‘even keel’ as Lakers look to bounce back

October 5, 2020

(Reuters) – LeBron James on Monday said he isn’t letting the highs and lows of the NBA Finals get the better of him, preferring to focus on fixing the mistakes that led his Los Angeles Lakers to fall 115-104 to the Miami Heat on Sunday.

The Lakers enjoy a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-seven series but the team had an off night in Game Three, committing 20 turnovers and suffering too many defensive breakdowns against a short-handed Heat squad.

A frustrated James left the court with 10 seconds left to play in Sunday’s game but the veteran forward vowed that the team will be better on Tuesday.

“We’re able to take a loss and understand why we lost. Understand things that we should have done better and things that we can apply to the next game to be better,” he said.

“Obviously, no one wants to ever lose. You hate that feeling, especially when you know you didn’t play your best, and I definitely wasn’t at my best last night from an individual standpoint.

“So I take that responsibility and I take that with a lot of passion and understanding of how I can be much better in the following game.

James, 35, is two wins away from his fourth championship and said his experience has helped him appreciate the importance of managing his emotions.

“Throughout the postseason, I stay even keel,” he said.

“As I’ve grown in this game and I’ve grown over the years, I kind of stay even keel, understanding that there’s always another opportunity to get better.

“We have that opportunity today and also tomorrow night in the game.”

This year’s NBA Finals will cap a season unlike any other as play restarted in July after a four-month hiatus with all games held at Disney World in Florida to limit the risk from the novel coronavirus.

(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by David Gregorio)