An excuse for the current administration to retreat or an actual concern? The latest Iraqi government has already turned on America and it shouldn’t be of surprise if they allow Russian intervention. Only time will tell.
The United States has issued an ultimatum to Iraq in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL): If you ask for Russia to intervene, America can no longer help you.
“I said it would make it very difficult for us to be able to provide the kind of support you need if the Russians were here conducting operations as well,” Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Oct. 20. “We can’t conduct operations if the Russians were operating in Iraq right now.”
Dunford said Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had promised that Baghdad would not request Russian air strikes or support in the fight against ISIL in Iraq.
The United States, Dunford said, “can’t have a relationship right now with Russia in the context of Iraq,” adding that there was “angst” in the U.S. after reports surfaced that Abadi said he would welcome Russian intervention against ISIL.
Full article: U.S. to Iraq on fight against ISIL: If Russia is in, we’re out (World Tribune)