Iraq Seeks To Cancel Security Agreement With US, Will Invite Russia To Fight ISIS

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Most Iraqis, be they civilians, military personnel, or government officials, do not trust Americans. 

At a base level, that makes all kinds of sense. After all, the US did launch what amounted to a unilateral invasion of the country just a little over a decade ago, and when it was all said and done, a dictator was deposed but it’s not entirely clear that Iraqis are better off for it.

ISIS controls key cities including the Mosul, the country’s second largest, and security is a daily concern for the populace. The Americans are still seen - rightly - as occupiers, and Washington’s unwillingness inability to effectively counter ISIS has created a culture of suspicion in which most Iraqis believe the US is in cahoots with the militants for what WaPo described as “a variety of pernicious reasons that have to do with asserting U.S. control over Iraq, the wider Middle East and, perhaps, its oil.”

Some of the distrust, the US contends, is fostered by Iran. Tehran wields considerable influence both within the Iraqi military and in political circles in Baghdad. When Ash Carter announced that the US was set to send an “expeditionary targeting force” to the country to assist in raids on Islamic State targets, PM Haider al-Abadi flatly rejected the proposal, saying that “Iraq does not need foreign ground combat forces on Iraqi land." Abadi rejected a similar Pentagon trial balloon involving Apaches helicopters last month.


Meanwhile, Tehran’s Shiite militias threatened to attack any US soldiers operating on Iraqi soil. “We will chase and fight any American force deployed in Iraq. Any such American force will become a primary target for our group. We fought them before and we are ready to resume fighting,” a spokesman for Kata'ib Hezbollah said. Similarly, influential Shiite lawmakers like the infamous Hakim al-Zamili have called on Abadi to seek direct military intervention from Moscow to expel foreign forces from the country.

Now, in the latest example of just how tenuous Washington’s grip on the region has become, the Iraqi parliament's Security and Defense Committee is calling for the review and cancellation of Baghdad’s security agreement with the US. 

“The government and parliament need to review the agreement signed with the United States on security because the United States does not seriously care about its fulfillment,” committee member Hamid al-Mutlaq, a senior Sunni lawmaker told Sputnik on Wednesday. “We demand that it be annulled,” he added. 

Who will fill the void you ask? You guessed it:


"Soon, a meeting [of the committee] with Prime Minister Haider Abadi will be held, at which we will propose cooperating with Russia in carrying out airstrikes against IS and in the fight against terrorism in Iraq," another committee member said earlier this week

Recall that this is precisely what we said would happen once we learned in September that Russia, Iran, Iraq, and Syria had set up a joint intelligence sharing cell in Baghdad.

It was clear from the beginning that Tehran saw an opportunity to consolidate its power in Iraq and preserve its influence in Syria by convincing Vladimir Putin that Russia could replace the US as Mid-East superpower puppet master by helping Tehran to defeat the insurgency in Syria and boot the US from Iraq once and for all. Moscow will of course get a warm reception from Iraqi lawmakers thanks to the fact that many MPs are loyal to Iran. 

This makes sense logistically as well. Once the Russians and Iranians have retaken Aleppo (which admittedly is taking a while), they can push east towards Raqqa and from there, move straight across the border, effectively pinching ISIS between an advance from the west and Iran’s Shiite militias already operating in Iraq. Of course that will entail some measure of cooperation with the US, France, Britain, and, once in Iraq, the Peshmerga. It is at that point that Washington’s resolve when it comes to preserving whatever charade is being perpetrated in Raqqa will be put to the ultimate test. 

In the meantime, it will be interesting to see how the US responds to a move by Baghdad to nullify the security agreement.

Washington knows it can land troops in Iraq by simply going through Erbil which is precisely what Turkey did last Friday. The KRG/ Barzani end-around serves to give the troop deployments a kind of quasi-legitimacy. That is, the Kurds control the territory and are self governing, so when Erdogan (and, soon Obama) drop troops in northern Iraq against Baghdad's wishes, they can claim it's not a violation of sovereignty. As we saw over the weekend, Iraqi officials aren't going to stand for it going forward although now that it's become clear that NATO and the Security Council aren't going to be any help (just as we said), Iraq's ambassador to the UN is striking a concilliatory tone, saying Baghdad will try to settle the dispute with Turkey "bilaterally."

It now appears that the stage is set for Baghdad to claim that the US, like Turkey, is illegitimately occupying the country (again). If Iraq nullifies the security agreement and moves to invite the Russians into the country, the US will be forced to either pack up and leave, cooperate with Moscow, or fight for the right to preserve American influence. 

Decisions, decisions.

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Read more about the official relationship between Washington and Baghdad below.


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Stuck on Zero's picture

To be an enemy of the U.S. is dangerous. To be a friend of the U.S. is lethal.

Manthong's picture

Seems like this might be is the beginning of the end of the evil US Imperial MENA destabilization policy.

Look for eastern coalition action in Libya and Afghanistan in the not too far future.

Trillions of dollars.. wasted by western despots posing as democratic leaders.


Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Iraq woke up this morning and realized it was a puppet of the USA.

<The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.>

Philo Beddoe's picture

I think you missed a question mark at the end of your sentance. Either way. 

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

So I guess being Putin's bitch must be better????????


fudge's picture

for roasting turks and getting their oil back it's better to pick the winning team ;)

Latina Lover's picture

So what is the USSA doing to prevent Turkey from invading Iraq?   

In reality, it is the USSA that is encouraging Turkeys adventures.

HowdyDoody's picture

The US will not take this lying down. They will sic ISIS on Iraq for their impudence. Oh wait ....


MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

BREAKING NEWS: Russia has now been caught red handed firing missiles into Syria from ships in the Mediterranean. I'm afraid we may be heading for full-out war with Russia if they do not halt their actions in the middle east immediately. Marco Rubio is one of the few republican candidates to bravely point out that Russia needs to be stopped, and I just hope that Hillary also grasps this as she will be leading the charge in 2016. 

NoDebt's picture

That's funny.  Caught red handed... because they announced they were going to do just that and then did it.  I don't think "caught" means what you think it means.

I'm ready for Hillary.  Because we need to get this shit show over with as soon as possible.

Occident Mortal's picture

Putin has Saudi Arabia in his sights. He isn't concerned with USA.

RiverRoad's picture

Why should he be?  Our leader is a pussy-whipped asshole.

froze25's picture

That and the House of Saud is the source Wahhabist funding. Saudi Arabia is pretty much what ISIS would look like if they succeeded in forming a nation state. You know with all the State sponsored (ordered) be headings and female genital mutilation. They should be in everyone's sights.

Tarzan's picture

Hillary looked pretty good in a Hijab the other day,

the more she covers the better she looks, and she better get used to it. 

I have a feeling she'll be spending a lot of time with her Wahhabist "friends"...

Each day as the light of truth decimates the narrative, the "good guys" look more like the bad guys and the "bad guys" more resemble the good guys in this mixed up world. 

It's a frighting thought that I trust Putin more then my own President.  It's kinda like saying I trust a Snake more then Satan.

It's all smoke and mirrors, there are no "Good Guys" in this War!

NOBODY can be trusted anymore!


Manthong's picture

“it’s not entirely clear that Iraqis are better off for it”

One needs to see past the car bombings, invading Turks, invading ISIL, the loss of territory, the million killed and the infrastructure damage that never happened with Saddam to figure out when the Iraqis were better off.

bunnyswanson's picture

Zionists overthrowing govts/leaders began long ago, and many US politicians fell, Lincoln, JFK, RFK, and probably JFK Jr to.  Variation of the invasion of Libya, Iraq, now Syria, Ukraine... Moammar Khadaffi and Saddam Hussein, Assad and the Ukraine govt. It's a global infestation.  Pitiful display of diplomats. 

The US vice president, speaking at the John F. Kennedy Jr Forum at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, on Thursday told his audience – point blank – that America’s Sunni allies are responsible for funding and arming Al Qaeda-type extremists in Syria.

And he named names: Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, specifically. Others – like Qatar – are undoubtedly complicit too, but Biden’s comments were made off-the-cuff during the question and answer period following his prepared statement.

Of course, much of what Biden said has been suspected for years by Syria watchers, but to acknowledge this outright during the early days of President Barack Obama’s much-vaunted ISIL-busting Coalition – featuring these very same Sunni Arab partners – is a jaw-dropping concession.

But that’s not all. Biden also managed to fundamentally undermine his administration’s efforts to train and arm “moderate” Syrian rebels today, by claiming there is no “moderate middle (in Syria) because the moderate middle are made up of shopkeepers, not soldiers.”

illyia's picture

How irritating: there is no “moderate middle (in Syria) because the moderate middle are made up of shopkeepers, not soldiers.”

He is not supposed to say it. Damn truth.

Tarzan's picture

Biden, playing the part of Toto, slipped up and momentarily pulled back the curtain.

He gave naive Americans a peak at the machinery, only for the puppet masters to panic and quickly close the curtain SCREAMING,

"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain"

And so, we payed no attention, like obedient sheep!

Totentänzerlied's picture

There is no moderate middle in the MidEast because it has been the constant and unwavering policy of the US, Israel, the UK, the KSA, and Soviet Union to hunt down and destroy any and all traces of moderate, secular, modern, progressive (in the now archaic European sense), western-looking socio-political currents, persons, institutions, groups, movements.

Every time someone asks rhetorically where are all the moderates in Insert-Middle-East-Country, the answer is the same: they're in their grave, thanks to your tax dollars. The ones who managed to escape made up the vast majority of all Muslim immigrants to non-MidEast countries in the 20th century. The region is now for all intents and purposes cleansed of the scourge of moderates, the wonder being that it took so incredibly long.

As for the current wave of emigrants, merely the first drops of a brewing and inevitable downpour, they are by and large not actively moderate but simply apathetic and dejected, exactly as are their western counterparts of similar age.

There is no moderate middle shopkeeper because his business was destroyed and he either fled or was killed.

Dr. Spin's picture

Disclaimer, I believe that Jews make up a significant portion of the players in this global calamity, butt, this use of the term Zionist is not really correct:

Mammonites of all creeds (and more importantly, no creed) are pretty much culpable. 

Spoctor Din

Iwanttoknow's picture

good point.however Zionist make quite a high percentage of Luciferieans.

Titus's picture

ashkaNAZI ZIONISTS is more accurate.

DeadFred's picture

Forget about Hillary and the Donald


Therefore within a few months the Kenyan guy will be announcing that the elections will be postponed until order is restablished.

Gotta love order out of chaos

The question is whether we get to keep the Kenyan guy or will he be replaced by an 'advisory committee' of colonels appointed to help restore order. The generals have all been tamed but he hasn't reached into the lower levels and can't.

Normalcy bias is strong in all of us and we seriously underestimate what a reset will entail because we've never seen one. Timing is the question as always but it could be as soon as January. My guess.


Tarzan's picture

Can you imagine the Chaos,

Hillary is indited before the elections, and The Trump keeps marching toward the presidency, the Establishment has a panic attack, and Obama declares Martial Law to "restore normal order" and "postpones" the elections.

Congress has been operating outside of "Normal Order" for years now, and the executive branch just awaits the spark to unleash Hell on America! 

Washington being outside of normal order is acceptable for the establishment, but when the people step out of line and vote for an outsider to sit on the oval office, the people will taste what we've been dishing out across the world!  Complete CHAOS!

lunaticfringe's picture

Ok it's official. I have a man crush on you.

kralizec's picture

Heh.  Rubio can stop his campaign from sliding into the crapper about as well as O'Bongo can stop Vlad from spanking his ass!

But I agree Hitlery probably could start a war with Russia...she ain't all there upstairs if ya know what I mean?

McCormick No. 9's picture

MDB's sly humor is just the thing to wake one up of a mornin'. I'm glad that whoever took over the franchise is doing such a good job of maintaining MDB's devious puckishness. It's better to love to hate than to hate to love.

RiverRoad's picture

O god.  Hillary and Merkel:  they're sending cleaning ladies in to mop up the mess.

cheech_wizard's picture

Oddly enough, I glanced right over your daily screed.

Standard Disclaimer: And while some may consider it satire, I consider it positing the worst case nightmare scenario. On a bright note, Queen Cankles, were she to assume the throne, would be unlikely to finish out her term. They'll run out of makeup long before then trying to cover up her already cadaverous visage.

Paveway IV's picture

+2 for Queen Cankles and cadaverous visage.

TeaClipper's picture

Breaking news? Links were being posted here yesterday of submarine launched russian cruise missiles being fired into Syrai from the Med, and hardl;y caught red handed when the vidoe clips came from Russia

As usual you are way way behind the curve

anti-republocrat's picture

Aaaa Hoooo,  Aaaa Haaa

Though I went to see it as a teenager, I never realized before that James Earl Jones had a bit part in Dr. Strangelove.

kaa1016's picture

So one guy is Iraq now? When the Iraqi Prime Minister says he wants the US out, which will never happen by the way, then it will be a story. This is like some of the idiots in congress running their mouths. The headline sounds worse than it really is.

J Pancreas's picture

Exactly. The US has an embassy complex as large as Vatican city. Not likely to be leaving anytime soon; Iraq is a vassal state and will remain so, unfortunately.

MadVladtheconquerer's picture

The Iraqi army couldn't hit the ground if it fell out of a fucking airplane.

Establishing bases in oil-rich Kurd lands!  Now wouldn't that be something!

"Come on 'Dillos!  Let's get it on!"

Omen IV's picture

The Embassy in Saigon was a big complex as well ---- I hope the helipad is larger this time

Paveway IV's picture

Iraq's parliament and administration were pretty much stuffed with CIA-approved stooges - the more corrupt and subservient to Western interests, the better. That and the Iraqi military was suppose to ensure ZATO's control for decades. This the U.S. 'enhanced' with shameless bribery and the occasional hit to keep the others in line.

Then there's that damn blowback. Iraqi government lackeys are so pissed at the way the U.S. has screwed everything up that it's created a sort of Arab Spring in the Iraqi government and military against anything U.S.-backed. The military didn't revolt internally - they're too lazy and incompetent for that. They just became completely irrelevant. All military power in Iraq is now with local Shia and Sunni militias. 

"...So one guy is Iraq now?..."

In this case, yes. When the Prime Minister goes off script publicly and want's to kick the U.S.'s ass out of there, then it's far to widespread and popular an opinion inside Iraq for the U.S. to possibly do anything about it now. It's been brewing since Maliki's final days - Iraqis hate the U.S. . They know their country was destroyed for oil and pipelines and they know the U.S. is behind ISIS. They know the U.S. want's Barzani to steal as much Iraqi oil land as possible before declaring independence from Iraq.

The U.S. has managed to be hated so much by the Shia and Sunni in Iraq, that their common hatred has unified them. The U.S. simply replaced Saddam Hussein. Iraqis are still one full-blown war away from freedom.

two hoots's picture

When will the playoff brackets be published?

NoDebt's picture

This is what happens when you send a community organizer up against a master chess player.  Putin has not only beaten Obama, he's done it starting from an inferior position with fewer pieces on the board.  

The topper will be when Europe officially gives the middle finger to the US and says "we'd rather be allied with Putin now."  You can almost feel it coming.  If I was Europe, I'd do it.

McCormick No. 9's picture

Here is a sarcastic thought... Remember how Ron Paul wanted to pull out of the MIddle East, and, in fact, out of all of America's foriegn adventures/responsibilities? He promised that America and the world would be safer if we simply retreated to the shores of North America.

Maybe, just maybe, Obama is implementing Ron Paul's strategy, and disguising it as ineptitude and incompetence. Ron Paul would have made the fatal mistake of just packing up and leaving. Obama is making it look like we are getting kicked out! But, hey, the end result is the same, only under Obama, we also get to be the laughingstock and ridiculous clown of the world, AND instead of pulling out to make the world safer, Obama is getting kicked out and making the world a more dangerous place!. Only a real master of the art of foriegn relations and global superpower strategy could take an honorable pull back (the Paul doctrine) and make it look like an ignominous defeat.

It's to bad Obama can't have another four years. Just imagine what he could accomplish!

froze25's picture

Obama is purposely doing all he can to get the world to hate us. I don't think that is what Ron Pauls idea was. Not to mention Obama's foreign policy of foreign intervention is no different than Bush's. No way Ron Paul would of supported Libya. Apples and Oranges.

Stainless Steel Rat's picture

The strategy was to:

1.) Stop the formation of a comprehensive BRICS foreign exchange agreement.

2.) Stop the demise of the petrodollar.

This was attempted by subverting democracy in the Ukraine and using the opportunity to brutalize the established Russian population in the east, getting their buddy Saudi Arabia to lead the worldwide rout on oil to deprive Russia of their revenue, and fomenting the overthrow of Assad using ISIS, while lying to the American public that it was really the fabled "moderate opposition".

Now that those are backfiring, they are getting Turkey to play pigeon and knock over the chess pieces while shitting on the board.  Invading Iraq (and incidentally tossing babies out of incubators) and shooting down Russian planes.

The awesome part is that this is finally backfiring.

Those all were very aggressive moves.  It is not just Obama, but any other neocon would have also failed, so this fantasy that we weren't being neocon enough should be put to bed.

messystateofaffairs's picture

I think Putin might be secretly mentoring Obama lately, he is artful in ways that even puts Jewish insidiousness to shame.

Nitefawkes's picture

NoDebt are you really in the camp that Obummer actually runs anything?  Please.... these arent his strategies.  Obama is the front man for sure but he's a effing mouthpiece puppet.   This whole fucking charade is a well played out piece of global kabuki theater. 

Nitefawkes's picture

NoDebt are you really in the camp that Obummer actually runs anything?  Please.... these arent his strategies.  Obama is the front man for sure but he's a effing mouthpiece puppet.   This whole fucking charade is a well played out piece of global kabuki theater. 

anti-republocrat's picture

This is what happens when you send a community organizer up against a master chess player.

No real dispute there, but you do realize that this policy of arming extreme Salafists and even takfiri terrorist is bipartisan and goes back to 1979, right?  Right through the Reagan, Bush 41 and Bush 43 and several Republican Congresses.  Do you actually doubt that Romney's policy would be any different?  In addition, any President has to deal with career government employees, especially in the CIA and military.  They can and do commit treason regularly by sabotaging any President's policies if they disagree.