Iraq To Washington: "We Don't Need Your Help Fighting Terrorism"

Tyler Durden's picture

Perhaps the most astounding thing about recent events in the Mid-East is the extent to which outcomes that seem far-fetched one week become reality the next. 

This dynamic began back in June when Iran’s most powerful general vowed to “surprise the world” with his next move in Syria. Just weeks later, he was in Moscow (in violation of a UN travel ban) hatching a plan with Putin to launch an all-out invasion on behalf of Assad on the way to forcibly enacting a dramatic shift in the Mid-East balance of power. Before the West had a chance to react, Moscow was establishing an air base at Latakia. 

As all of this unfolded we began to suggest that it would be only a matter of time before Russian airstrikes began in Iraq.

The setup, we contended, was just too perfect. Iran controls both the military and politics in the country and so, we speculated that The Kremlin would get a warm welcome if Putin decided to launch an air campaign against ISIS targets across Syria’s eastern border. 

Sure enough, Baghdad moved to establish an intelligence cell with Russia, Syria, and Iran in September and when PM Haider al-Abadi said he would welcome Russian airstrikes, it was clear that the US was about to be booted out of the country it “liberated” more than a decade ago. 

Subsequently, Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford traveled to Baghdad and gave Abadi an ultimatum: "’s either us or the Russians."

Well, despite Dunford’s contention that Abadi promised not to enlist Moscow’s help, just days later Iraq gave Moscow the green light to strike ISIS convoys fleeing Syria. 

A desperate Washington then attempted to prove that the US could still be effective at fighting terrorism by sending 30 Delta Force soldiers into battle with the Peshmerga on a prison raid mission in the Northern Iraqi town of Huwija. Conveniently, one American soldier apparently had a GoPro strapped to his helmet and the footage was almost immediately leaked to Western media. 

Our contention (and again, this is in no way an attempt to trivialize the death of Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, the first US soldier to die in Iraq since 2011): Washington sent 30 Delta Force spec ops soldiers into a fight the Pentagon knew they would win and then filmed it to prove to Baghdad and any other interested Mid-East governments that the US can fight terrorism just as effectively as the Russians. The video was then used as a pretext for Ash Carter to tell the Senate that the US is now prepared to engage directly on the ground in Iraq and Syria. The US media then proceeded to document a “new” strategy whereby at the very least, Washington is set to send Apache gunships to Iraq to assist Iraqi, Kurdish, and Iran-backed militias in the fight against ISIS. 

There are several absurd things about this strategy and we encourage you to read our assessment from Wednesday, but the point here is this: it turns out that after 13 months of ineffective airstrikes and what amounts to nearly 13 years of occupation, Iraq doesn’t want any help from the US. 

Here's NBC (because nothing says "humiliation" like the US media reporting that Baghdad has essentially told Washington "don't call us, we'll call you"): 

The Iraqi government said Wednesday it didn't ask for — and doesn't need — the "direct action on the ground" promised by the Pentagon.


The revelation came a day after Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the U.S. may carry out more unilateral ground raids — like last week's rescue operation to free hostages — in Iraq to target ISIS militants.


Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's spokesman told NBC News that any military involvement in the country must be cleared through the Iraqi government just as U.S.-led airstrikes are.


"This is an Iraqi affair and the government did not ask the U.S. Department of Defense to be involved in direct operations," spokesman Sa'ad al-Hadithi told NBC News. "We have enough soldiers on the ground."

Yes, "enough soldiers on the ground." And as we never tire of pointing out, most of those soldiers are either Iranian or Iran-backed, and now that Moscow and Tehran have established a Mid-East military alliance, Iraq no longer has any use for Washington. 

So it would appear that one video of a prison raid is far too little, far too late to convince Baghdad not to lean Russian when it comes to routing ISIS. And indeed, there's almost no question that Tehran is feeding Iraqi politicians intelligence that - right or wrong - suggests the US tacitly supports Islamic State in an effort to ensure that the group can continue to serve as a destabilizing force vis-a-vis regimes that are deemed unfriendly to Washington's regional allies. Indeed, one has to wonder whether it's a coincidence that the two countries where ISIS has established itself just happen to be the two countries wherein Iranian influence is the most pronounced. 

In any event, Iraq has just told Washington "thanks, but no thanks" just days after giving Moscow the go ahead to conduct bombing runs on ISIS. 

The writing is on the wall. The US is being booted out of the Mid-East.

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Looney's picture

No matter what ultimately happens in Syria and Iraq, the Kurds will be fucked over in all three countries – Turkey, Iraq and Syria. No matter how bravely they fight against ISIS today, once the “terriss” are destroyed and/or pushed into Saudi Arabia, the Kurds will be pushed back into the mountains in all three countries and kept separate from each other.

They are the most deserving bunch of people to have their own country, but, unfortunately, they never will.


nuubee's picture

Baghdad doesn't need the U.S. because they've sensed the wind shift and they're probably allying themselves with Iran and Russia as we speak.

Yes, we toppled Saddam, but nothing we've done since then has made the average Iraqi, Sunni or Shiite, appreciate us much.


Stoopid arrogant elites, always presuming they can meddle and get away with it. I'd love the U.S. to go back to just protecting itself for the rest of my life.

Occident Mortal's picture

In the UK there is a public enquiry called the Chilcot Enquiry into the Iraq war which has been running for 6-7 years now and will be published next year.


The British enquiry has legal access to all British documents (including confidential and secret) and all British citizens, importantly this includes secret correspondance between Blair and Bush. Blair had to testify and answer questions about private discussions between himself and Bush in the run up to the Iraq invasion. This testimony potentially incriminates Bush.


It seems Tony Blair and GW Bush are going to get tarred and feathered as war criminals by the enquiry and the reason it has taken almost 7 years to publish is because of something called "Maxwellisation" where people accused of crimes have a chance to answer the accusations in writing to be included in the appendix.


Blair might face criminal charges and could be summoned to the Hague, although I doubt Bush will face anything as a former POTUS.



Check it out, it's going to be a big topical issue during June/July in the 2016 election cycle.

TBT or not TBT's picture

"Iraq" and "Iraqi" should always have been put in scare quotes, now more obviously so than ever.  

gwiss's picture

I don't agree. With the Russians backing the Shia, I think the Kurds will be given a green light to fight for their own country.  Why?  Because they already control their own regions of Syria and Iraq.  They already keep their own oil money from this region.  And if they are given a green light to try to conquor the last region, who are they fighting?  That's right -- Turkey.  Who has been supporting those trying to infiltrate and create chaos in Syria and Iraq, who wants Assad out so they can have their pipeline.  And, Turkey is NATO.  Which means the Russians get to poke the NATO bear without suffering any casualties because it is being done by their proxies.


Just like we did to them in Afghanistan.  What comes around goes around.  The Peshmergas are the Russian's Mujahideen. 

Lea's picture

"They are the most deserving bunch of people to have their own country, but, unfortunately, they never will."

I would agree with you if it wasn't for their active participation in the Armenian, Pontian Greek and Assyrian genocides of the Turks. Back then, the Kurds were on the side of the mass murderers, killing and maiming with the best of them.

At least, as opposed to the Turkish regime, they have since apologized about the Armenian genocide. As for the Pontian Greeks and the Assyrians, we're waiting.

So, "deserving"? More than Erdogan, that's for sure.



Pomkiwi's picture

The kurds are an ancient people whose homeland is the zagros mountains, but they have never formed a state in the modern sense. It can be argued that they are the original terrorists as the history books tell us that they were infamous for banditry, mercenary fighting and terror attacks by the hashisheems (assassins).

They dream of Saladin and think they will get their own state. Naybe so, but it will be ruled by a US puppet and will be used to attack Iran through it's kurdish north. Part of the US strategy is destabilisation of Armenia /Azerbaijan and the kurds are a convenient bridge across the region.

Seer's picture

So, this means that this can't be labeled as being an "You're doing a heck of a job, Brownie" announcement?

Normalcy Bias's picture

So they figured out who the real terrorists are?

Truth Eater's picture

Indeed!  Obama and company are the state sponsors of terrorism.  I am ashamed of this country that was once America.  I now hold no ownership in Amerika and will not be owned by it either.

RawPawg's picture

Pretty bold statements to make when Russia is your new BFF.

jeff montanye's picture

why would they make them without a new best friend?  russia plus iran probably looks better to a lot of the muslim world than the u.s. and israel (with or without saudi arabia, etc.).

Motasaurus's picture

Any muslim not of the Saudi bent would look at Russia as a benevolent sponsor. Sure they decimated Chechnya, but look at it now. Grosny rivals Mecca in Islamic splendour. If you're Shia, Alawite, Kurd, Turk or (legitimately, not US sponsored) moderate Sunni you'd be begging Moscow to step in and save you from the Saudi Wahabbists.

Demdere's picture

Our Israeli-Neocon strategy has fubared the entire ME and a lot of Eastern Europe.

Osama Bin Ladin's strategy is working fine, the US is indeed going broke and will soon have to stop its military operations, including support for all of our client states. Also Israel.

No rational country would accept US help at this point.

bunnyswanson's picture

Oswald bin Laden also said he was not involved in 911 Psyop has been deciphered.  Murdered investigators and evidence behind massive financial fraud in the highest places.

Israel-Lebanon 1982 6 US Marines killed

"Bin Laden claimed he was inspired to destroy the World Trade Center after watching the destruction of towers in Lebanon by Israel during the 1982 Lebanon War.[16]

Motasaurus's picture

Bin Laden was a CIA asset to his dying day. 

I shudder to think what the White House conceded to in order to get the CIA to agree to his death in Pakistan, all for a little PR. 

socalbeach's picture

It's pretty obvious what's going on, the US isn't fighting ISIS, but is supporting them.

Act of War: U.S. airstrikes kill 22 Iraqi troops in ar-Ramadi [al-Anbar]

Oct 28

"(FNA) ~ Iraqi security sources disclosed that the US-led coalition’s airstrikes have once again killed 22 army and volunteer forces on Tuesday. The US-led anti-ISIL coalition targeted the Iraqi forces’ positions instead of ISIL terrorists in the Western parts of Iraq."

Truth Eater's picture

Over one year ago I watched for the comabt videos- like we had from Iraq1 and Afghanistan.  There were NONE with us killing ISIS devils.  NONE!  I knew in the first months that we were playing a game.  All our targets were Assad refineries and warehouses. 


Sure enough, we were equipping the terrorists along with Israel and Turkey...   the target was Syria to make way for a Saudi pipeline.

Jack Burton's picture

Bingo! There were no Pentagon updates on air strikes. No videos of smart bombs. In fact, ISIS convoys owned the roads of Syria and Iraq in broad daylight for that entire year! Hundreds of vehicles of ISIS lined the roads in daylight, rolling into cities and attacking, The US air campaign did nothing. In fact. In soutern Syria, a group of long empty villages, have been photographed by Russian drones. In this small area of empty villages, there appears to be a mass of bomb craters, with no design or reason to them, just like someone has been dumping bombs there for a year! Russia announced the discovery of this oddly heavily bombed empty space last week in Russian news sources.

J Jason Djfmam's picture

Well, we had to drop all of the old bombs somewhere, so then we would have to buy new bombs.

Orders are orders.

StolenFuture's picture

Links, please, I gotta see this!

Seer's picture

"the target was Syria to make way for a Saudi pipeline"

The target is to get rid of the "threats" to Israel and it's aims to grab more land and resources.

But, you're on the right track in realizing that wars are about resources (as they ALWAYS are- follow the "money!").

Truth Eater's picture

No argument here.  I see this as the triumvirate of goals.  Turkey wanted to whack the Kurds and Assad.  Israel wanted to whack Assad.  Obama is beholden to his masters the Sauds.  And all of them are under the direction of the "controllers" who are setting the stage for WW3.

jeff montanye's picture

if the saudis are obama's masters why does he have so many zionist jews in his administration (and almost no arabs)?

toxic8's picture

there are some who believe the house of Saud are actually crypto-jews

Motasaurus's picture

You've got it all wrong. Washington, Riyadh, and Tel Aviv all have the same master: London. 

The House of Saud and Zionist Israel were both installed by London for the purpose of controlling the Middle East. London just uses the USA as their bully boy, keeping everyone else in line. But London has no love for the former colony that dared to oppose her. She spent a century and a half infiltrating the US at every level and then another century slowly gutting her from the inside. Now all that's left of interest is her ability to start wars and be the focus of retaliation.

London's vengeance against the US has been a long time in the making, and will be all the more sweet for it. 

TheReplacement's picture

Appearances.  Israel and KSA are tight allies against the Shia, along with Sunni Turkey.  Behind the scenes things are different.  Do a FOIA for the WH log book and count the number of times someone with an Arabic name checked in to see the Prezy.

Still, KSA is not the master.  They are a oil rich pawn who have their prices for cooperation.  The whole story begins and ends with one name.  Rothschild.

Oldballplayer's picture

But who will help the Kurds?  (Was I able to say it before McCain and Graham?)

Seer's picture

Hitchens!  Oh, wait...

kowalli's picture

i just don't know what the fuck is going on

dogismycopilot's picture

Would you rather have a PC transgender army or Shia militia save your ass in a gunfight. I would go for the militia.

Al Abadi is out in a year or less if he sticks with the Yanks...who will leave him high and dry like they do all of their "friends"

jeff montanye's picture

i am not as sure as you.  transgender people serve in the u.s. armed forces at twice the rate of the rest of the population.  female at birth three times.  

especially if it's a gunfight i'm not sure.

a fist fight maybe the militia because of the upper body strength.

but a gunfight, go with the best shooters.  if i was female at birth and in the army, i would definitely try to be a marks, ah, person.

QQQBall's picture

They don't understand  that we would be bombing them for their own good. Send horseface with a big bribe, so we can pay them to blow US tax dollars to let us kill them.





J Jason Djfmam's picture

M-I-C See ya real soon!

K-E-Y Why? Because we like you!

Jim in MN's picture

Too many boots, not enough ground

Oh and since it's been a while.....let me just add



Z_End's picture


That is really what it is about.

WOAR's picture

The Hokey Pokey is what it's all about. Just imagine the ME as some dude getting bent over.

"You put your right foot in, you pull your right foot out..."

1stepcloser's picture

What? The Memo headline we'd like to help kill another Million Iraqis didn't win them over..

J Jason Djfmam's picture

They just aren't FREE enough.

MadVladtheconquerer's picture
MadVladtheconquerer (not verified) Oct 29, 2015 1:55 PM

Yaaa, Iraq can handle ISIS so well that they have delayed the Mosul assault how many times over how many months?

They are simply waiting for someone else to do their heavy lifting for them.  Keep waiting.

"Use the phone.  Call in a drone."

Bumpo's picture

Hey, it's their country. They can handle it any way they want. Can hardly blame them.

jeff montanye's picture

if you had the prospect of the russian air force actually attacking isis, instead of dumping bombs in empty areas, wouldn't you delay the attack?

perhaps not as you are MadVladtheconquerer

Bossman1967's picture

Thats good get the hell out of the middle hell and lets get our country fixed. We cant liberate ourselves. Go USSA

dcohen's picture

I don't call the Arsonist who put my home on fire to put out the fire.

Seer's picture

Especially when he's already "booked" setting your car on fire!