The U.S.-led coalition announced on March 20 that it will be pulling a part of its troops out of Iraq as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
In an official statement, the coalition said its “training-focused forces” will be returning to their countries within a few weeks. The coalition noted that Iraq’s security forces suspended all training activities in order to prevent potential spread of the COVID-19.
“The coalition remains committed to the lasting defeat of ISIS through our partnership with the ISF [Iraqi security forces], and as the situation permits, we will resume our support to Iraqi training,” the statement reads.
The coalition also announced that it will be “repositioning” some of its units within Iraqi military bases. The coalition claimed that the recent success in counter-ISIS efforts is the reason behind the repositioning decision. However, the increasing number of rocket attacks on US forces in the country is likely among the key reasons behind the decision.
As of March 20, 208 COVIED-19 cases have been documented in Iraq. 17 of the patients lost their lives to the notorious virus.
While the U.S.-led coalition was announcing its decision to pull its troops of Iraq because of the coronavirus fear, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused accusing Russia, Iran and China of fueling hysteria over the pandemic in the West. Pompeo said on March 20 that Russia, Iran and China are making “pretty diffused” efforts to disparage the U.S. plan to address Coronavirus pandemic.
“They need to knock it off. We don’t approve of it … The idea of transparency and accuracy in information is very important,” Pompeo said, according to U.S. News.
These accusations contradict with the U.S. own behavior, which appears to be hysteric. The U.S. has more than 16,000 COVID-19 cases. Many in the U.S. itself are criticizing the government performance in handling the pandemic. The coronavirus problems are strengthened by the economic crisis developing around the world.
Apparently, somebody in Washington opted to find some ‘external enemy’ to blame for internal problems. The list of the chosen enemies is not surprising. So, according to the US State Deparment, all these reports from the EU and the United States are fake and a result of the Russian/Chinese/Iranian-led propagnada campaign. Okay…
It’s expected that in the near future, the US and other Western states that are struggling in the fight against teh COVID-19 will increase their propaganda campaign blaming some ‘enemies’ for their own problems. The pandemic issue will be politized in order to shift the audience’s attention from the real problems. Previously, SouthFront covered the COVID-19 pandemic residually since this is not a topic related to military, diplomatic or geopolitical situation around the world. However, now, when the pandemic issue is being weaponized by the US-led bloc in its media and diplomatic propagnada campaign, we will pay more attention to the topic.
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