Believers in Iraq voice concern as the United States announces military changes. U.S. President Joe Biden formalized an agreement on Monday with Iraq’s prime minister. There will be “no forces with a combat role by December 31,” this joint statement announces.
“The Iraqi people want the combat forces to stay because when they’re around, there won’t be terrorism problems,” an Iraqi believer named Umran* says.
“We’ve already been through this experience once. When the U.S. forces pulled out, the government fell and [in] entered ISIS.”
As described here by DefenseOne.com:
American combat troops deployed in Iraq in 2003 with the goal of ridding Iraq of weapons of mass destruction and toppling dictator Saddam Hussein. Combat operations ended in 2010, and nearly all troops left the next year, only to have to return in 2014 to combat the rise of the Islamic State.
U.S. officials did not indicate whether the number of troops in Iraq will change by the end of 2021. Levels shifted under former President Trump from 5,000 to 2,500 troops deployed in Iraq. Troops focus on training and support missions.
“It’s just ‘empty words’ that the Prime Minister is saying to appease certain factions that want America out. A few days later, he may change his tune,” Umran says.
“It’s more [like a] political statement, rather than what the people believe they need or want.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for the Lord’s will to be done in Iraq. Pray that God would change all of Iraq and all of the Middle East, and transform thoughts and hearts.
- Ask the Lord to give Iraqi believers wisdom and protection and a desire to stay in their homeland.