Military Capabilities

Pentagon grapples with backlash from airstrike, subsequent missteps

07 January 2020

Fallout from the Trump administration's decision to kill Major General Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force, is plaguing Washington both inside the capital and abroad. Five days out since the strike, the US military has mistakenly told Baghdad it will withdraw its troops while also dealing with a Congressional push to curtail war powers.

In the wake of the US drone strike, on 5 January the Iraqi Parliament passed a non-binding measure to expel all foreign troops from the country. The following day an unsigned letter from Marine Corps Brigadier General William Seely, the top US commander in Iraq, was sent to an Iraqi military commander.

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