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US-led Coalition Withdrew ‘Over The Horizon’ Force From Iraq (Photos)

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On August 7, the US-led coalition announced that it had withdrawn an Over The Horizon (OTH) force that was deployed in Iraq on a protection mission. 

The OTH force consists of two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and an infantry company, prepared to carry out operations on a short notice.

In a statement, Col. Wayne Marotto, a spokesman for the US-led coalition, said that the force had withdrawn from Iraq to its home base in neighboring Kuwait.

The decision to withdraw the OTH force back to Kuwait was most likely a part of Washington’s efforts to rebrand its military presence in Iraq as a “training mission” for local government forces. The withdrawal of this small force will not affect the capabilities of American troops in the country.

Washington is determined to maintain a large military presence in Iraq. Around 2,500 American troops are present in the country today.

Pro-Iranian Iraqi forces, which have been attacking US-led coalition bases and supply convoys for more than a year now, will not be fooled by Washington’s moves. In fact, the withdrawal of the OTH force will likely boost the morale of these forces.

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Peter Wallace

Withdrawal of an obvious combat unit that can’t readily be renamed a training unit 700 km away that can be reinserted within 3 hrs is no cause for celebration other than they have left Iraq.

Peter Wallace

Jens has 3 parts to his brain. The first part fell out of his arse , the second part was spewed up as a garbage comment and the third part took off on its own accord as soon it realised it was part of jens. Moron read the article and it states quite clearly that they were a ready deployment unit moved to Kuwait , 700 kms away. They also have their own Chinook choppers which can fly at 300kms per hour which means they can be deployed in Baghdad in 3 hrs. Sorry I forgot you are just a LIAR that makes up your own bullsgit so you have NO CREDIBILITY arsewhole.

TEP

The US will not meaningfully withdraw from Iraq unless they are forced to … Saigon style.
TEP.

Chess Master

There is quite a difference between jungle and desert.

HB_norica

At the end of the Vietnam war the NVA was a conventional combined arms force and the fighting was in farmland and in cities not in the jungle. Final evac was from the CITY of Saigon … not some jungle near the Cambodian border.

US will withdraw when it’s no longer strategically / economically worth the expense of keeping them there. For example as long as US based contractors and businesses are profitable they’ll stay but if they are attacked to the point where no one will insure them they what’s the point of staying?

BLT

LOL – “The decision to withdraw the OTH force back to Kuwait was most likely a part of Washington’s efforts to rebrand its military presence in Iraq as a “training mission” for local government forces.”

Ah, yes, “rebranding”. The famous American technique of changing labels and expecting different results.

L du Plessis

“tacticle withdrawl” like in Afghanistan.

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