A few days ago, at the hearing of US Deputy Secretary of State Joan Bulashik and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Affairs Michael Mulroy on US policy in Iraq, US Senator Chris Murphy, the senior Democrat in the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Near East and South Asia, Central Asia and counter- terrorism questioned , about Trump’s plans for Iraq with regard to the reduction of the US diplomatic mission and the manner to follow towards the popular crowd .
First, in terms of the reduction of the US diplomatic mission, according to special information received by the Rawabet Center , it can be said that the US Embassy will not leave Iraq, and the missile attack that occurred nearby in May, which called for the departure of some of its insignificant staff, and the return of some of them later on to their work, will not change the policy of the United States of America in support of the stability of Iraq, and according to that information also, there will be no reduction in the US diplomatic mission in Iraq, but there is an American tendency to develop relations with Iraq in all areas, especially in political , economic and military fields .
A major state in the international community such as the United States of America is concerned not only with the absolute security of its diplomatic mission in Iraq, but also with the security of its friendly and allied embassies in Baghdad and the consulates in the Kurdistan region and Basra noting that Washington was upset by the attack on the Bahraini embassy in Baghdad, It is also disturbed by the assassination of the Turkish Deputy Consul in Erbil, which fears that these attacks may turn into behavior against its diplomatic mission and the missions of allied and friendly countries in Iraq.
Second: popular crowd : It is known that the popular crowd is an armed factions, founded on June 13, 2014, after the fatwa of the Shiite cleric Ali al-Sistani that there is a dire need for the Jihad ( individual duty) to liberate Iraq from the terrorist organization ISIS , and then adopted by the government and annexed to the Ministry of Defense, This crowd is divided into two categories: a group in terms of intellectual orientation strongly linked to Iran, meaning that it follows the Wilayat el Faquih , and this is very dangerous for the United States, it is keen not to repeat the Lebanese version of Hezbollah in Iraq, because of this version of serious repercussions on the Iraqi state , and the second category is the class that has gained respect of the Iraqi people for the sacrifices made in order to liberate the Iraqi land from the desecration of the terrorist organization ISIS , according to special information obtained by the Rawabet Center , this last category will be supported and rehabilitated by Washington for the admission of its members in the Iraqi armed forces, if Washington managed , in cooperation with the Iraqi government, to achieve this , it would distant an important part of the popular crowd from the Iranian line.
Iraqi Studies Unit
Rawabet Center for Research and Strategic Studies