The Iraqi prime minister says his country no longer needs American combat troops, and a formal time frame for their withdrawal would depend on the outcome of his talks with US officials. In an interview, Mustafa al-Kadhimi said the American withdrawal schedule would be based on the needs of Iraqi forces. Al-Kadhimi, who is set to meet with US president Joe Biden in Washington on Monday, underlined that the Iraqi army is capable of conducting its own independent operations against Daesh terrorists. However, the premier said, Iraq will still ask for the US help for training and military intelligence gathering in its fight against terrorism. The US agreed in April to remove over two-thousand five-hundred combat troops out of Iraq, but no timeline was announced. In January 2020, Iraq’s parliament issued a resolution demanding the government to expel American forces from the country.
Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror.
He also has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS, and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications.
Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin; where he ran for Congress in 2008. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, author, and talk radio host.