Source: Washington – France Press
General Greenwich, during a press conference in the Pentagon, confirmed that ISIS still poses a threat, warning that “it has the ability to reappear if we remove pressure from it for a long time.”
But he made it clear that he saw no threat to restore the organization’s strength in a timely manner, adding: “But the longer we remove pressure from him, the greater this danger.”
General Greenwich said that the organization revealed its structural weakness through its inability to take advantage of the ongoing demonstrations in Iraq since October to demand political reforms.
He explained that during the past months, the participants in the international alliance assessed the organization’s status after losing in March its lands of control in parts of Syria and Iraq, after battles with the coalition-backed forces that lasted for years.
He said the goal was to find out whether the organization was “pursuing some sort of strategy that is waiting for an opportunity that it can seize, or whether it is really subject to pressure and lacks capabilities and capabilities.”
He added that the demonstrations in Iraq helped the coalition to develop its assessment and concluded that the organization “suffers from a lack of capabilities and capabilities more than it is inheriting strategically.”
Tensions between Washington and Baghdad escalated after the assassination of the commander of the Quds Force in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Qassem Soleimani, and the deputy head of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Committee, described as the man of Iran in Iraq, with a US strike near Baghdad on January 3.
In an angry reaction to the American strike, the Iraqi parliament held a session on the fifth of January, in which it voted on the government’s mandate to end the presence of foreign forces in the country, including about 5,200 American soldiers.
After Washington took the initiative to stop the joint military operations between the two countries, two American military officials confirmed to the New York Times the resumption of cooperation with the Iraqi army in combating ISIS, so that the organization would not take advantage of the status quo.
US President Donald Trump and his Iraqi counterpart, Barham Salih, agreed during a meeting in Davos on Wednesday on the need to maintain an American military role in Iraq, as the White House stressed in a statement, without revealing any details about the framework of this cooperation.
General Greenwich commented, stressing that the Iraqi government “has an interest in our ability” that the coalition continue to pressure the organization.