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“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

The U.S. Occupation of Iraq Continues

Jan 20, 2020

On January 3rd, U.S. forces in Iraq carried out an airstrike that killed an Iranian general, the leader of an Iraqi militia, and eight other people. Iraqis were understandably outraged, and the Iraqi parliament immediately voted to expel all U.S. forces from the country.

But when the Iraqi Prime Minister asked U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to send delegates to work out the details of the troop withdrawal, Pompeo refused.

He said the U.S. is in Iraq to train Iraqi forces to fight ISIS, and that “we’re going to continue that mission.” Of course, the deadly airstrike against the Iranian general and the Iraqi militia leader, who had both fought against ISIS, proved they have other reasons.

Iraq has its own parliament, and is supposedly a sovereign state. But imperialism has no intention of withdrawing until its interests dictate it.

The U.S. occupation continues, with no end in sight.