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2019-06-11 Iraq
New Zealand says to withdraw all troops from Iraq by June
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Posted by trailing wife 2019-06-11 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [336074 views ]  Top
 File under: Govt of Iraq 

#1 Why is anybody still there? The active fighting is down to a half a dozen combat deaths a week at the very most. What fighting is still happening is in Syria and has mostly devolved into bitter village hopping by a much larger force (acting on the behalf of Iran) that will inevitably win if they don't act like total idiots. Doesn't make sense that the West still has soldiers there. Spies and diplomats yes, but not soldiers.
Posted by Vernal Hatrick 2019-06-11 07:41||   2019-06-11 07:41|| Front Page Top

#2 Why is anybody still there?

Processing/Interpreting shared field Intel.
Mission planning and force coordination.
Snatch/Kill team training, engagement, debrief.
Comms with transport and rear echelon.

Better integration with allied forces leads to smaller specialty teams.
Posted by Skidmark 2019-06-11 11:54||   2019-06-11 11:54|| Front Page Top

#3 Ardern also announced New Zealand will reduce the number of defense force personnel it has posted in Afghanistan from 13 to 11.

This interesting tidbit suggests that two people in AFG are/were C2 associated with the team(s) in IRQ.

Posted by Skidmark 2019-06-11 11:58||   2019-06-11 11:58|| Front Page Top

#4 Why is anybody still there?

Remember what happened the last time we pulled out? Do you trust that the Arab Iraqi forces will not panic and completely desert their posts again when there are no Westerners there to stiffen their spines?
Posted by trailing wife 2019-06-11 12:32||   2019-06-11 12:32|| Front Page Top

#5 when there are no Westerners there to stiffen their spines?

Hope that's not an euphemism.
Posted by Skidmark 2019-06-11 18:28||   2019-06-11 18:28|| Front Page Top

#6 New Zealand says to withdraw all troops from Iraq by June

All three of them?!?
Posted by Vernal Bluetooth2853 2019-06-11 18:32||   2019-06-11 18:32|| Front Page Top

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