READ: the U.S. Army Letter Notifying Iraq of Coalition Withdrawal – UPDATED

Today’s Campaign Update, Part III
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Today, President Donald Trump called the Iraqi government’s bluff, authorizing the commanding general of joint coalition forces in Iraq to send a formal letter to the Iraqi commanding officer notifying him of pending operations for coalition forces to depart from Iraq. This comes in the wake of the vote of the Iraqi parliament over the weekend to demand U.S. forces leave the region.

Here is a photo of the letter that is circulating on social media:



sLTG Abu Amir
Deputy Director, Combined Joint Operations,Baghdad
Iraq-Ministry of Defense


Sir: In due deference to the sovereignty of the Republic of Iraq, and as requested by the Iraqi parliament and Prime Minister, CTJF-OIR will be repositioning forces over the coming days and weeks to prepare for onward movement.

In order to conduct this task, Coalition Forces are required to take certain measures to ensure that the movement out of Iraq is conducted in a safe and efficient manner.

During this time, there will be an increase in helicopter travel in and around the International Zone (IZ) of Baghdad. This increased traffic will include CH-47, UH-60 and AH-64 security escort helicopters.

Coalition forces will take appropriate measures to minimize and mitigate the disturbance to the public. In addition, we will conduct these operations during hours of darkness to help alleviate any perception that we may be bringing more coalition forces into the IZ.

As we begin implementing this next phase of operations, I want to reiterate the value of our friendship and partnership. We respect your sovereign decision to order our departure.

Very respectfully,


Brigadier General, U.S. Marine Corps
Commanding General, TF-Iraq


As we have repeatedly pointed out here at the Campaign Update, one of the main reasons why Donald J. Trump was elected to the presidency in 2016 was his promise to get U.S. armed forces personnel out of the myriad interminable Middle East conflicts into which his predecessors in office had gotten our country entangled.

Trump’s basic message during the campaign was that these wars between various Islamic countries and factions have been going on for eons, and nothing the U.S. can do – no amount of treasure or lives sacrificed – will end that reality. So, let the Islamic states in the region fight it out amongst themselves, and focus U.S. military efforts in the Middle East on protecting our assets and few real allies there – Israel and Saudi Arabia, mainly.

The Iraqi parliament’s demand over the weekend, whether serious or not, plays directly into the President’s hands in this regard.

It is also key to note that this strategic gambit would not be possible were it not for the fact that the U.S. today enjoys a much higher level of energy security than it did during past presidencies, thanks mainly to the shale oil and gas revolution that has taken place here over the past decade. The U.S. is not completely energy “independent” and probably never will be, but our country today has very little compelling national interest in risking American lives and treasure to keep the oil spigots in countries like Iran and Iraq open.

So, this letter from Brig. General Seely now puts the ball squarely back in the Iraqi government’s court. President Trump has basically said, hey, if you want to become a client state of the mullahs in Iran, go for it.

It will be interesting to see how Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd Al-Mahdi responds.

UPDATE: Well, maybe it’s not quite goodbye after all. Here is an official Pentagon statement on the matter:

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Dilley earlier stated that the letter is real, but the version released on social media is a “draft” that should not have gotten out. Prior to that Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that the letter was not real.

Did someone just get caught in a mole hunt?

I will update this story if the official version keeps changing.


That is all. For now.


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16 thoughts on “READ: the U.S. Army Letter Notifying Iraq of Coalition Withdrawal – UPDATED

  1. phineas gage - January 6, 2020

    Letter has not been confirmed. SoD Esper has issued a statement denying any withdrawal.

    Not clear at present what is going on–maybe behind-the-scenes battle between Trump and Deep State.

  2. phineas gage - January 6, 2020

    Also several high-level DoD resignations today.

    1. David Blackmon - January 6, 2020

      Interesting happenings. Someone may have gotten caught in a mole hunt. Fun.

      1. phineas gage - January 6, 2020

        Either that, or another Deep State op on Trump.

        Esper’s chief of staff just resigned.

        1. David Blackmon - January 6, 2020

          Very interesting. Very, very interesting.

          1. Jimmy MacAfee - January 6, 2020

            But not funny!

          2. Jimmy MacAfee - January 6, 2020

            Sorry: Laugh In. Couldn’t resist.

  3. Sharon Campbell - January 6, 2020

    Most excellent decision by our great President!

  4. old farta - January 6, 2020

    About time. Get out.

  5. Nabi Rasch - January 6, 2020

    Saudi Arabia is perceived an ally?! The policy still sounds quite a bit F’d up’

  6. Gregg - January 6, 2020

    Can’t anyone get on the same page? Apparently, way too many cooks (bureaucrats) making the soup in out government and military; good to see the firings, I mean “resignations”, according to Dave’s smart commentators.

    President Donald John Trump (I also never tire of typing those words) was on Rush between 2:30 and 3:00 EST, and he didn’t mention anything about telling Iraq that we are done babysitting them. After 15 years, it is time Iraq grew up and became a real country.

  7. Matt Frihart - January 6, 2020

    just a heads up, that letter is a notice of leaving baghdad, not Iraq, the conflation of the two has been an easy misunderstanding…….as far as I can tell they are NOT leaving Iraq, but they are moving elsewhere within the country.

  8. Jimmy MacAfee - January 6, 2020


  9. Jimmy MacAfee - January 6, 2020

    Iranian leaders want Iraq to have their oppressive style of government. That’s a given. What isn’t clear is why Bushie and al-Bimbo didn’t bury Soiled Man, since they had perhaps hundreds of opportunities: it has been suggested, because of this, that Soiled Man was an asset of the CIA, or at least the Deep State. He wasn’t exactly in hiding.

    Now Iran has to make different calculations: they’ve acted in the open with seeming impunity, and now they’re aware that a drone may be in their future, inside and especially outside of Iran. Their margin of safety has been removed, and they don’t know who is watching nor where. They’ve had to deal with their nuclear scientists being terminated by Israel, and so it’s not a complete shock, but it was Israel, and no one else. And now they don’t know how to anticipate President Trump and his team, because they’ve been dealing with the Deep State for so long, and got used to the tap dance. (Or is it “lap dance?”)

    Personally, I think the letter was Trump, screwing with them. Trolling. He’s in their heads. They have no idea what is coming next. I think I do, but I’m not sayin’. I’ll watch and enjoy the show, as both Iran and the Deep State fumble around like adulterers who have been caught in the act.

  10. Jimmy MacAfee - January 6, 2020

    I’ve got a few questions, and a fun conclusion:

    Are there pictures of al-Bimbo’s officials (Kerry, others) meeting with Soiled Man? I suspect there are at least as many pictures of similar, if not exact, clandestine meetings. Just like there have been pictures published of D. Finestain in China some time back.

    Was the removal of Soiled Man a message, that meeting with Insanian criminals might end up badly, with an inexplicable termination of a fake-American (like Kerry) who just happened to be meeting a terrorist? And ended up on a slab (what could be recovered, anyway.)

    Is this why the Deep State is so riled up about the loss of their boy Soiled Man? Because, you know, “collateral damage” isn’t just pedestrians caught unaware. President Trump just limited their options.

  11. ramakumar - January 7, 2020

    The letter is not signed.

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