|Trump in Iraq (BBC)|
During President Trump’s recent trip to Iraq he said he had U.S. forces. That’s shown by the fact that the U.S. just a in western Anbar along the Syrian border in September. That goes along with the Americans already had in the province, which are Camp Ain al-Assad, Camp Habaniya, one by Hit, one by Haditha Dam, and one by Rutba. Overall, the U.S. has around in the country.
Trump’s announcement was important for two reasons. First, it means that the U.S. will still be training and equipping the Iraqi forces that still face largethat hinder its further development. Second, it will give the U.S. the ability to monitor the situation in nearby Syria, which Trump has said he is pulling American troops out of. The camps along the Syrian border are meant to stop Islamic State infiltration, but can also be used to conduct raids into Syria.
Overall, Trump has stayed interested in countries that have deals with American companies and he feels are making money for the U.S. As a result of the White House sanctions on Iran, Baghdad signed a largewith General Electric. The fact that Iraq also has oil is also of interest to the president. Together those give Iraq advantages over Syria, which offered nothing economically to Trump, and help explain why the U.S. is withdrawing from one and not the other.
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