U.S. Appears To Reverse Position, Says It Won’t Withdraw From Iraq Now
In a strange turn of events, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of StaffArmy Gen. Mark A. Milley has said the letter from U.S. Marine Corps Brigadier General William H. Seely stating that the United States would begin withdrawing troops from Iraq at the request of the Iraqi government was a “mistake”, a “draft” and does not reflect the U.S. military’s plan.
CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted Milley’s response to the letter, which was authenticated by Reuters earlier on Monday, in which the general said: “That letter is a draft it was a mistake, it was unsigned, it should not have been released…poorly worded, implies withdrawal, that is not what’s happening.”
Jake Tapper on Twitter
“Joint Chiefs Chair GEN Milley: “That letter is a draft it was a mistake, it was unsigned, it should not have been released…poorly worded, implies withdrawal, that is not what’s happening””
Though Milley said the letter "implies" withdrawal of U.S. troops, the letter in fact explicitly states that American armed forces would be leaving Iraq at the request of the Iraqi government. If the letter is a draft copy and the U.S. is not withdrawing troops, as Milley stated, then it appears the Trump administration is backpedaling on its original position.