Israel fears withdrawal of American forces from Iraq

The Israeli National Security Studies Institute warned of the implications and gravity of the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq, indicating that this step would leave the field open to Iran, which would constitute a direct threat to Israel's strategic interests.

The Israeli media mentioned that a report of the Israeli National Security Studies Institute warned of the implications of the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq to Israel.

The Israeli "i24 news" website said: "The report indicates that the US government sees the appointment of Intelligence Chief Mustafa Al-Kazemi as Prime Minister of Iraq as an opportunity to deepen the US grip on the country, in an attempt to challenge Iran's efforts to establish its influence over it."

He added, "It is likely that the" strategic dialogue "expected to occur between the United States and Iraq will be a crossroads in relations between the two countries."

He explained: "Its results may affect the future of the American military presence in Iraq." He continued: "Israel has a clear interest in the success of the dialogue between the two countries, given that the American withdrawal from Iraq will leave Iran without major competitors as a dominant player in this field, and besides the need to engage in a dialogue with the United States, Israel must exercise caution and keep in mind that Iraqi military operations might negatively affect US interests, and affect the outcome of the dialogue with Iraq. "

He pointed out that: "The American withdrawal from Iraq means allowing Iran to employ armed elements loyal to it in enhancing its military and economic presence."

He continued: "Israel has an interest in the strategic dialogue ending with the Trump administration and the new Al-Kazemi government agreeing to allow American forces to continue to concentrate in Iraqi territory, and that its failure will be at the expense of Israel."


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