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Biden orders strike on Iranian-aligned group after 3 U.S. troops injured in drone attack in Iraq

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bravo, please show no sympathy toward terrorists!

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Good thing, but I don't think the Mullahs are intimidated to the point that they will stop, not with this admin.

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not with this admin.

Your savior wouldn't be any different.

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Wouldn’t it be prudent to take the troops out of the ME?

Then they would be totally safe and in no danger of harm…

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kurisupisuToday 03:58 pm JST

Wouldn’t it be prudent to take the troops out of the ME?

Then they would be totally safe and in no danger of harm…

I'd say ruining Russia and Iran's day is good anytime of the year, and we can see we definitely need naval assets to counteract the terrorism in Yemen.

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It would seem the plan is to attack Iran first before China. Good luck Team Neo-Com Biden & Blinken.

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The Biden administration has sought to prevent the Israel-Hamas war from spiraling into a wider regional conflict

by assisting the Gaza genocide in every way possible. What alternative reality does AP exist in, one wonders.

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Perhaps the Iranians need some extra persuasion? Seems like the location of their critical infrastructure for petroleum extraction, refining and distribution is known and well within range of in-theater forces.

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Biden is flapping his chicken-hawk wings to claw back votes from the befuddled cohort of superannuated right-wing voters.

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La vie douceToday 05:04 pm JST

Voila and here it comes, the good ole American tradition of causing / escalating conflict in far away places around the globe. That's the spirit.

We wouldn't have to if Iran wasn't threatening the Red Sea, Israel, and the Mediterranean, all nowhere near Iran. Also zero wars for the US currently.

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Good thing, but I don't think the Mullahs are intimidated to the point that they will stop, not with this admin.

The Mullahs dont care one bit about internal US politics, it is all just America. They will act in their own interest first and dont care about who is in the oval office in the USA. They deal in realities and facts and violence. The US taking military action so fact is a sign they read and it wouldn't matter one bit if the one ordering it is Democrat or Republican, it is all the same to them.

The fact Americans view one party as good and capable and the other as inept and the enemy is dangerous for all Americans. Your all under one flag, fighting for American freedom, sovereignty and justice. That your policies do not align is irrelevant. America is more powerful and more respected when it all works together, taking the best from both sides of the political spectrum and finding a path forward together. When it bickers like a gaggle of hens, objects to the other side just to say it doesnt help the other side, is only defeating their own nation and costing them money.

Today's American politics is divisive and self defeating. The enemy is fueling the fire and fanning them to ensure that the danger of the 2 US sides working together is not possible.

Sadly the weak point is the GOP, as viewed by an outsider. Trump made things so much worse, and is still doing so. His instinct is total control, using lies and deceit to control and demanding personal loyalty to him above the State, the party and the people.

Iran does not care if it is Dem or Rep, it only cares that it got hit in reply to its attacks. While Americans keep looking internally and finding it necessary to criticize the other political party. Many US people are looking at the wrong thing, but the President is looking at the world and what is going on there that will effect the US.

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Why is the US still in Iraq? They have been ordered to leave, they have no business being there.

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Why is the US still in Iraq? They have been ordered to leave

Clearly they have not been ordered to leave. YOU dont want them there but it is not up to you or I. Iraq allows them to be there and the US wants to be there. So they remain, for now.

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No, the Iraq government asked them to leave.

The US also has no business being in Syria.

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Of course no mention that the US military injured are acting Iraq against the wishes of the Iraq government. A legitimate target ?

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Mr KiplingDec. 26 09:41 pm JST

Of course no mention that the US military injured are acting Iraq against the wishes of the Iraq government. A legitimate target ?

Iraq has an executive branch that makes these decisions. I know this conflicts with your narrative.

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Wick's pencilDec. 26 08:20 pm JST

No, the Iraq government asked them to leave.

The parliament only did, which does not have a say in the matter. Smarter heads prevailed in the executive.

The US also has no business being in Syria.

Neither does Turkey or Iran unofficially. And Russia shouldn't be backing a scum regime.

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Why is the US still in Iraq? They have been ordered to leave, they have no business being there.

They are currently there at the invitation of the Iraqi government, which is majority Shiite, to help prevent a resurgence of IS.

The US also has no business being in Syria.

The US has approximately 900 soldiers in Syria along the Iraqi border, east of the Euphrates River, as part of an international coalition fighting IS in Syria. It is not exclusively US forces. The coalition includes several NATO members and several Arab nations. It is tied to the US led effort in Iraq to counter IS.

Those US troops guard an oil field that IS used to control, selling the oil to finance their caliphate and their military operations. It is one of the ways they could afford their abundant weapons and all those nice shiny new Toyota trucks /: The Kurdish administration in northeast Syria operates the oil fields and sells the oil, ironically to the Syrian government, and uses the revenue to finance their regional government.

Shiite militias in both Syria and Iraq attack the US forces there because they are sitting on top of Iran's preferred supply route to Syria, where Iran has a large number of Quds Force troops operating in support of the Syrian government alongside Russian and Hezbollah forces. They also attack just to harass the US.

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So here's the rub. The leader of Katib Hezbollah is now a senior official in the Iraqi government.

When IS stormed into Iraq from Syria capturing Iraqi cities including Falluja, Hit, Samarra, followed by the fall of Mosul. In Mosul the Iraqi Army had 30,000 troops and another 30,000 police. IS attacked with a force of only 1,500 fighters and after six days of combat they routed Iraqi forces.

IS occupation of Iraqi cities led to mass atrocities against Shiites whom IS ideology views as apostates who must be put to death. Same for the Yazidis who were slaughtered until US forces could intervene to extract as many of them as possible from an IS siege.

The inability of Iraqs formal army and police to successfully defeat IS led to the formation of what were called Popular Mobilization Forces. These were Shiite militias armed and financed by Iran's Quds force. They operated completely outside the control of the Iraqi government. It was these Popular Mobilization Forces and US troops who eventually ran IS off. The tragically destructive Second Battle of Falluja was part of that effort.

Katib Hezbollah, the militia the US just struck, was one of the first such militias. Because of their success they are more popular than the central government and thus have a strong political following. The Iraqi government has tried to fold them into the national army but they won't go. Instead they have been legalized and are a separate military organization notionally under Iraqi government control but in reality remain controlled by the Quds Force.

Here is where it gets difficult. The leader of Katib Hezbollah is the Iraqi government's Deputy National Security Advisor and is the commander of all the Popular Mobilization Forces. The great fear of the US in attacking any of these PMFs is angering the Iraqi government and having US forces expelled from Iraq. It is a real possibility as these PMF leaders are now embedded in the Iraqi government, are loyal to Iran and as a result the US has to tread carefully in its dealings there.

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Peter14...

Clearly they have not been ordered to leave.

Are you living in a bubble?

They were asked to move on years ago. They are illegally occupying parts of Iraq.

Legitimate targets surely?

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AureliusDec. 26 10:28 pm JST

Why is the US still in Iraq? They have been ordered to leave, they have no business being there.

Because technically the USA is still at war with - Iraq , Afghanistan , Pakistan , Somalia and Yemen

Also still at war with North Korea

Then there's the final terms of the Versailles treaty was never ratified

Since the USA gained independence it has been involved in more wars during the 21st century than any other country . And that's not counting All the proxy wars.

During 2013 alone the USA was involved in special operations in 134 countries

So there you have it !

Hope that answers your question

I'm apparently not allowed to give you a proper response but suffice it to say the US is not at war with Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, or Yemen. And drug interdiction and training missions are not wars.

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The first paragaph of this articale says it all.

President Joe Biden ordered the U.S. military to carry out retaliatory strikes against Iranian-backed militia groups after three U.S. service members were injured in a drone attack in northern Iraq.

This current so-called biden presidency is all about war. There are millions of Americans who don't want war but these long-time established corrupt politicians turn a blind eye to their destruction for favors from weapons makers. So sad that so many have to suffer because of greed.

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UN sanctioned? Because that would be the only lawful way they would be there years after deployment.

The US has approximately 900 soldiers in Syria along the Iraqi border, east of the Euphrates River, as part of an international coalition

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deanzaZZRToday 09:28 am JST

UN sanctioned? Because that would be the only lawful way they would be there years after deployment.

The US has approximately 900 soldiers in Syria along the Iraqi border, east of the Euphrates River, as part of an international coalition

Not if there is ISIS on the territory, which there is.

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Iran should learn that there are repercussions if you commit terrorist attacks against peaceful, democratic nations.

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Randy JohnsonToday 08:21 am JST

The first paragaph of this articale says it all.

President Joe Biden ordered the U.S. military to carry out retaliatory strikes against Iranian-backed militia groups after three U.S. service members were injured in a drone attack in northern Iraq.

This current so-called biden presidency is all about war. There are millions of Americans who don't want war but these long-time established corrupt politicians turn a blind eye to their destruction for favors from weapons makers. So sad that so many have to suffer because of greed.

I guess vote Trump as he is all about surrender. He will cause great damage to the US, though, on his mission of revenge.

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Rules based international order suggests a UN resolution is required. Of course rules based international order is used and misused by the US (and Japan) as needed. What a crock.

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deanzaZZRToday 10:27 am JST

Rules based international order suggests a UN resolution is required. Of course rules based international order is used and misused by the US (and Japan) as needed. What a crock.

If your country is at war with the UN, like China is, it is time to reassess your country's outlook on life.

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Are you living in a bubble?

No, just a regular house.

They were asked to move on years ago. They are illegally occupying parts of Iraq

Anti west propaganda. They are there at the request of the government of Iraq.

Some just cant help hating America for just about everything, so much so they make stuff up or believe everything they hear that is anti American no matter how outrageous.

This current so-called biden presidency is all about war.

The US is not at war with any nation. Biden's administration has not taken the US into any war apart for pirates and terrorists alongside the international community. More clap trap being trolled out against the US by a hater. Hater's gonna hate, hate, hate.

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About a year ago, Iraq ask the US to stay after previously asking the US to begin planning to leave. https://foreignpolicy.com/2023/01/24/iraq-new-prime-minister-sudani-us-troops/

Leaving a power vacuum is bad. It would allow other less desirable organizations in. Some are terrorists from outside the country.

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