Former US ambassador to UN calls for reducing American support to Iraq over Iran ties

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Iraqi PM Haidar al-Abadi (C) announces launch of battle for Mosul, October 17, 2016. File photo

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John Bolton, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 2005 through 2006, said that the United States should reduce its support for Iraq for its ties to Iran.

“First, the U.S. ought to abandon or substantially reduce its military support for Iraq’s current government. Despite retaining a tripartite veneer of Kurds, Sunni Arabs and Shiite Arabs, the capital is dominated by Shiites loyal to Iran,” he argued in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal.

“Today Iraq resembles Eastern Europe in the late 1940s, as the Soviet anaconda tightened its hold. Extending Baghdad’s political and military control into areas retaken from ISIS simply advances Tehran’s power. This cannot be in America’s interest,” Bolton said.

“Iraq’s Kurds have de facto independence and are on the verge of declaring it de jure. They fight ISIS to facilitate the creation of a greater Kurdistan,” he stated. “Nonetheless, the Kurds, especially in Syria and Turkey, are hardly monolithic. Not all see the U.S. favorably,” he stated.

“In Syria, Kurdish forces fighting ISIS are linked to the Marxist PKK in Turkey. They pose a real threat to Turkey’s territorial integrity, even if it may seem less troubling now that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s plans have turned so profoundly contrary to the secular, Western-oriented vision of Kemal Atatürk,” he added.

“As incidents in Syria and Iraq increasingly put American forces at risk, Washington should not get lost in deconfliction negotiations or modest changes in rules of engagement. Instead, the Trump administration should recraft the U.S.-led coalition to ensure that America’s interests, rather than Russia’s or Iran’s, predominate once ISIS is defeated,” said the former American Ambassador to the UN.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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