Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi confirmed the withdrawal of 2,500 U.S. soldiers from his country. This action is part of the fulfillment of the promises made by President Donald Trump.
During al-Kadhimi’s visit to Washington at the end of August, he agreed with President Trump that the 5,200 U.S. soldiers based in Iraq would be withdrawn within three years, according to regional media outlet The New Arab on Oct. 4.
The decadeslong complex security situation in that region does not cease to worry some Iraqi officials.
Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs Fuad Hussein said that some sectors of Iraq “are not happy” with Washington’s “dangerous” option of withdrawing its troops and diplomats from Iraq, in spite of the fact that this was agreed upon by the two governments.
Hussein is still considering the possibility that the Trump administration will retract its plan to withdraw troops from Iraq.
In addition to the agreement between the two governments, the base where U.S. soldiers reside is under constant attack.
During the last two months, at least 40 attacks have been directed against military bases, the embassy, and contractor vehicle caravans.
Just one of these attacks killed five children and two women from the same family by hitting a house near the airport.
With the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, President Trump continues to limit warfare abroad as much as possible, thus fulfilling his promises. These actions motivated his nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize several times.
President Trump’s most recent success in international relations was the peace treaty between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, initially, which was later joined by Bahrain, and possibly other countries in the region.
The United States also reached another peace agreement with the Taliban in February, after negotiations that lasted a year. This agreement was signed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Doha, the capital of Qatar.
Sen. Rand Paul, (R-Ky.), established the strong contrast between the peace-seeking Trump administration and the war commitments acquired by the Obama administration.
“Compare President Trump with the disastrous record of Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden, who consistently called for more war,” Paul said, according to The Hill.
He added, “Joe Biden voted for the Iraq war, which President Trump has long called the worst geopolitical mistake of our generation.”