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Week In Review

US further escalates the situation in Iraq and Syria

On April 1, US officials announced that they will be deploying Patriot anti-missile systems to Iraq. It appears that Washington’s move comes without the formal approval of the Iraqi government, as Iraq's caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi warned against any "offensive military action without the approval of the Iraqi government".

While the While the Pentagon announce that although it was significantly reducing its number of troops in Iraq, it will not end its occupation of the country anytime soon. Iran’s Press TV reported on April 2 that a convoy of 20 trucks, loaded with US logistical materials used in military engineering fortifications arrived in Syria from Iraq.

It appears that the US is beginning to feel the strategic pressure of Iran’s plan to expel the US from the region as it vowed to do after Gen. Qassem Soleimani’s martyrdom on January 3.

The recent US moves are last ditch attempts by Washington to retain some presence in the region. While this will be a failure in the long-term, it will contribute to the destabilization of Iraq and Syria in the near future.

(Courtesy: Al Jazeera, Press TV, the National.)

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