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American army back to Iraq: blessing or curse?

Editor: Tong Xinxin 丨CCTV.com

12-08-2015 15:05 BJT

By Han Xudong, National Defense University

On Dec. 19, 2011, the last batch of the American Army departed from Iraq, marking an end to the eight-year Iraq war and demonstrating Washington's support for Baghdad. Nevertheless, on the 4th anniversary of US troops' withdrawal from Iraq, the United States (US) has reversed course and will deploy Special Forces to Iraq to carry out ground actions and hit extremist forces of "Islamic States" (IS).

The US is sending troops to Iraq in a hurry without beating the drum, because the US has not achieved commendable results on air strikes. Washington seeks to foster a ground action so troops can provide reliable intelligence on IS, opposition party of Syria and Assad government.    

However, the future of the American Army appears ambiguous. The reigning Iraqi government doesn't welcome them. Although conflicts exist between Washington and Baghdad, the Iraqi government has received Washington's support in the Middle East.

At the end of October, Washington sent troops to Iraq to help train the Iraqi army and strengthen Baghdad's government, which was embraced by them. However, Washington tried to send Special Forces to hit IS in Syria by taking Iraq as a base. Accordingly, Baghdad could become a target of IS and its domestic security situation may deteriorate further.  

While Washington intended to send Special Forces to Syria, Moscow is likely to deploy more ground troops to Syria as well. The "warplane incident" between Moscow and Ankara can be seen as a military problem between Russia and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).  Once Russian and US ground troops are engaged in a fight, it will be their first military fight together since World War II. Hence, Syria will get more complicated, which would change relations between Russia, US and NATO. 

It is difficult to determine if the American Army will succeed. Judging from experience, it is hard for them to hit IS effectively. On the contrary, if American troops suffer heavy casualties that would impede its future overseas actions.


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