- US Central Command (Centcom) announced in a Twitter post that it intends to strengthen its air force in the Middle East in order to defend US allies and partners in the region against possible attacks.
- Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller has reaffirmed his commitment to reducing US military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Gen. Greg Guillot, a U.S. Air Force commander, has said B-52 bombers will be deployed in the Middle East to counter possible attacks.
The US Central Command has announced that it will deploy B-52 fighter jets in the Middle East to increase its rapid response capability. The decision comes just days after announcing a reduction in US military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gen. Greg Guillot, a U.S. Air Force commander, has said B-52 bombers will be deployed to counter possible attacks.
Meanwhile, the US Central Command (Centcom) announced in a Twitter post that it intends to strengthen its air force in the Middle East in order to defend US allies and partners in the region against possible attacks.
The Twitter post states that by doing so, the United States will increase its readiness to deal with any threat in the region.
Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller has reaffirmed his commitment to reducing US military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Pentagon has decided to reduce the number of US troops stationed in each of the two countries to 2,500. The United States plans to withdraw 2,000 troops from Afghanistan and 500 troops from Iraq by January 15 next year.
Now, days after the announcement, US Central Command in the East has announced the deployment of B-52 bombers in the Middle East.
The United States has flown B-52 bombers from the Middle East to Diego Garcia Island in the Indian Ocean following a drone strike on the car of Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani. Thus, the United States has decided to re-deploy these bombers in the Middle East.
The Serious Consequences of Reducing the Military Presence
This is not the first time the United States has withdrawn its troops from countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2011, Barack Obama ordered the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. What was the consequence of that action? Strengthening the jihadist forces and especially the rise of the “Islamic State” (ISIS).
McConnell sees the consequences of Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan far more severe than the consequences of the withdrawal of US troops under Obama.
Republicans have warned that the Taliban and ISIS are waiting for such a policy. A Taliban spokesman in Doha recently said that the issue had nothing to do with the peace agreement between the United States and its leaders. This sheet is “America surrenders” and “accepts defeat” against the Taliban.
McConnell stressed that reducing the US military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan would provide a good propaganda feed for jihadist and extremist forces. He even said that making such a decision would be to the satisfaction of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Analysts of US political issues believe that Trump made this decision with a view to the 2024 US elections. In his 2016 campaign, he promised the American people, among other things, an end to “fruitless wars” and the return of American troops to their country.
He had implemented such a policy step by step during his rule. It should not be forgotten that before September of this year, the number of American troops stationed in Afghanistan was 5,200. It is now estimated that there are about 4,500 US troops in Afghanistan.
The reason why Trump has so hastily decided to implement this policy can be seen in the timeline for implementing this policy. Trump has said he will implement the decision by January 15. This means that Trump chose to pursue this policy a few days before the end of his term.