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Despite New Mission, US troops Still in the Fight in Iraq

By War Criminals Watch - Posted on 24 August 2010

By Dan De Luce

From AFP

WASHINGTON — US troops will still be in combat and taking on Islamist militants in Iraq even as the American military moves to an "advise and assist" role with a smaller force, officials said Thursday.

The withdrawal of the last US combat brigade on Thursday was hailed as a symbolic moment for the controversial American presence in Iraq, more than seven years since the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

But while the remaining 50,000 troops will no longer have a formal combat mission after September 1, they will be well-armed and possibly coming under fire as they join in manhunts for Al-Qaeda figures or other extremists.

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I made a few posts for the following article of August 24th by Stephen Lendman on the U.S. supposedly withdrawing from Iraq. The posts are for links to a video for a good interview on the Riz Khan Al-Jazeera program with John Pilger and then several articles. And a few of the articles are about secret, or once secret, but now a little less secret U.S. use of black, covert ops with special forces soldiers in around 75 countries, surely including Iraq and Afghanistan. That topic is not mentioned in the interview with John Pilger, but he certainly knows of historical examples of the U.S. using such forces, like with Operation Phoenix, and the Salvador Option, f.e.

There clearly is a lot that news media generally are not going to report about and which most of them may not learn about for too long. One of the articles about the secret black ops forces, however, is from the Washington Post.


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