A welcome Neutrality in Iraq from President Trump
October 16, 2017
Iraqi forces intervened in the disputed Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq this Sunday, October 15th. Heavily armored vehicles moved swiftly toward the area of Kirkuk, an operation that had been in planned since the attempted secession of Kurdish regions.
Both sides looked to the United States for assistance.
"We don't like the fact that they're clashing. We're not taking sides," President Trump told reporters.
This announcement suggests a return to the early American foreign policy of neutrality. For the President's base, this is a much welcome change from his predecessor. The wars in Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya have cost the United States trillions of dollars and thousands of lives.
"We've had for many years a very good relationship with the Kurds as you know and we've also been on the side of Iraq, even though we should have never been there in the first place. We should never have been there. But we're not taking sides in that battle." The President expressed further.
The Kurdistan Worker's Party, a communist- terrorist group operating across Syria, Iraq, and Iran pledged defense of the city.
Early this morning, the Iraqi government announced successful entry into Kirkuk. Speculation remains where the next move will be.