“ISIS has been able to exploit recent developments in Iraq as essential operational means: widespread public protests since October, resignation of the government and subsequent political stagnation, the dispute over the US assassination of the head of the Popular Mobilization Forces Abu Mahdi al-Muhandi and the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq,” said Husham al-Hashiashi, a member of the Center for Global Policy. Afghanistan experts have said the accelerated but partial withdrawal could complicate political decisions for President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his future national security team, but it was better to withdraw completely. According to US media reports, the US military expects US President Donald Trump to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and Iraq. Biden was less absolute about the withdrawal of troops. He said some forces could stay in Afghanistan to focus on the counterterrorism mission. In a pre-election questionnaire, he replied: “Americans are right to be tired of our longest war; Me too. But we must end the war responsibly, so that we both protect ourselves from the threats to our homeland and never have to go back. Mr. Trump said in a Twitter message last month that he wanted to return home to the 4,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan by Christmas, but senior military and national security officials advised such a hasty withdrawal. The president eventually accepted the minor drop, officials said.
The United States will withdraw more than a third of its troops from Iraq in a matter of weeks, its supreme commander of the Middle East has said. The withdrawal was due to be completed by January 15, US media reported, just days before bidens inauguration as president. The path to withdrawal was opened in January, when the Iraqi parliament, in which Tehran groups give significant power, voted in favor of expelling AMERICAN forces. “If U.S. troops remained in Iraq, they would significantly strengthen America`s position in that country and help counter Iran`s malicious influence throughout the region. But if they left, Iraq would risk falling back into the destructive isolation of the Saddam era, with even less ability to withstand Iran`s predatory policies. Faced with the end of his term, the President insists that the withdrawal of conflicts in the context of the fight against terrorism be accelerated.