McCain and Graham: 100,000 Troops Needed in Iraq to Defeat Terrorists We Supported

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McCain meeting with ISIS commander, al Bagdadi...promising him weapons and an endless flow of new Jihadis through Turkey, Jordan and Israel
McCain meeting with ISIS commander, al Bagdadi…promising him weapons and an endless flow of new Jihadis through Turkey, Jordan and Israel
The US is to send some 10,000 troops to Iraq to provide support for a 90,000-strong force from the Gulf states, a leading Iraqi opposition MP has warned. The politician said the plan was announced to the Iraqi government during a visit by US Senator John McCain.
 During a meeting in Baghdad on November 27, McCain told Prime Minister Haider Abadi and a number of senior Iraqi cabinet and military officials that the decision was ‘non-negotiable’, claimed Hanan Fatlawi, the head of the opposition Irada Movement.

“A hundred thousand foreign troops, including 90,000 from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar and Jordan, and 10,000 troops from America will be deployed in western regions of Iraq,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

She added that the Iraqi prime minister protested the plan, but was told that “the decision has already been taken.”

McCain and fellow hawk Senator Lindsey Graham have both been calling for a tripling in the current number of US troops deployed in Iraq to 10,000, and also advocate sending an equal number of troops to Syria to fight against the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Americans would prop up a 90,000-strong international ground force provided by Sunni Arab countries like Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

“The region is ready to fight. The region hates ISIL – they are coming for Sunni Arab nations. Turkey hates ISIL. The entire region wants Assad gone. So there is an opportunity here with some American leadership to do two things: to hit ISIL before we get hit at home and to push Assad out,” Graham argued during the joint visit to Baghdad in November.

“Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey – they have regional armies and they would go into the fight if we put [the removal of] Assad on the table. Most of the fight will be done by the region. They will pay for this war,” he added.

The US currently has about 3,600 troops in Iraq, including 100 special operations troops deployed last month to take part in combat missions involving hostage rescue and the assassination of IS leaders. The White House is reluctant to commit a large ground force, citing the cost in human lives and money and the possible political ramifications of what will be portrayed by America’s opponents as yet another Western invasion of the Arab world.

The McCain-Graham plan also poses the risk of direct confrontation between the proposed coalition force and Russia and Iraq, which are both militarily assisting the Assad government and may not stay out of the fight – something which the hawkish duo have not factored into their plan.

This is especially true after Turkey’s downing of a Russian bomber plane on the Turkish-Syrian border, which Moscow considered a stab in the back and which sent relations with Ankara to a low not seen for decades.

Baghdad has its own concerns about a Turkish presence on its territory after Ankara sent troops into western Iraq and refused to withdraw them, despite Iraqi protests. Ankara claimed the incursion was made under a 2014 invitation from Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. Be damn sure that insane rambo mc cain and its play pal, swishy lindsey graham, physically “take the point” and spearhead any of their “boots on the ground” attack against their zionist-owned, criminal godvernment’s, paid-mercenary isis/isil terrorists.

    Put your traitorous, worthless lives on the line to back up your big-mouthed braggadoccio, mc cain & graham.

  2. A nut butt and a nutty old man deluded in the fact that they control the Armed Forces of the US as traitors….

  3. 100,000 soldiers with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar and Jordan with providing 90,000 and only 10,00 from the US. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar and Jordan have the manpower to do it but it will take most of there armies to do it. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar are tied down in Yemen and getting there butts kicked and loosing that war against rebels. I don’t see that they could afford to use most of their army to fight a radical enemy that loves to die for their cause. They are not trained like the US or European armies for rapid action. UAE hires mercenaries because most of there population is foreign and they don’t trust them. I think Qatar is in the same boat. I never heard of a nation moving half their army to another country to fight. What is going to happen back home when body bags start coming back. The US, I think its like 10 to 1 for combat soldiers, that is the army has ten men supporting one man in the field. No this sounds like bushito to me, the US sending in 90,000 and the rest 10,000 is more like it. No boots on the ground, yea like read my lips. If the US goes with the way they say it it won’t happen, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar and Jordan won’t send that many troops, they can’t trust their own population to that many troops away, their needed at home to keep the peace.

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