Watch ABC World News’ Sunday-Night Lead Now: https://www.href.com/videoNews/?#!/ABC2Politics/. The President asked CNN to provide access to those on duty and on the ground in Iraq. CNN is a major news source for the U.S. and has been working to build that power since World War Two. Read CNN World Media News’ Sunday-Night Lead Now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7gQoUZGxLt8. By JON HAGUN http://www.nbcnews.com/news/business/trump-clips-all-of-americas-and-americas#lk1snHxJB3Q.
Brig. Gen. Colin Powell, the top military commander in the United States to have served in Iraq from 1979 to 1984, retired Wednesday from the White House and pledged his resignation to “strengthen and strengthen our Army,” officials said. The retired general’s resignation came hours after the group that served as the first responders to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks said it was dropping the ball on its long list of U.S. officers and enlisted men who were deployed in Iraq. “He came to our ranks and told me he can do it,” one senior official said. Powell’s resignation comes as a new round of U.S.-led military commitments across the country has also seen the Army withdraw from the Persian Gulf nations, and to other military bases in Afghanistan in the last two weeks as well. The Army and United States are already the top four-axis partners in the world’s military. At the end of May four new brigades were named, including the most recent of them, the 2nd Battalion Combat Team (which includes Maj. Gen. Keith Jones of the 3rd Special Operations Command in Iraq.) President Barack Obama announced the withdrawal of nearly 300,000 troops back to Iraq in March. The next one-tonne force has nearly 9,000 reservists and the 1st Battalion, 105th Airborne Division. By the end of March the Army was still in the final days of this mission, but it announced plans to begin withdrawing the 4th Special Operations Group of 4, 5th Special Operations Squadron and the 5th Special Operations Wing from Iraq by the middle of June. “This decision is an important step for U.S. military and national security and a significant political decision. This announcement and the decision of President Hussein has not been without implications. But it is also important to reflect on what was possible when Iraq was captured because it now appears we have some sort of clear path to winning over Iraqi and American voters. In addition to this decisive victory, we have learned the lessons of two recent events in Iraq. The first was the rise of Islamic State. After the attack at U.S. Marines Base Quantico, Virginia, Islamic State killed 130 Marines in a small, poorly-trained, counterinsurgency operation.”
–The U.S. Army was set to embark on an amphibious rescue mission from August 20 to 22, 2017, ending about a month of the month-long combat mission. It will conduct three tours of duty this time around in the Arabian Gulf. To read more about the U.S. campaign in Iraq, see the U.S. Armed Forces Press Release on page A6 of Air America’s World Service. https://www.airam.com/News/U.S.C.S.A.Annual-Reports/2018-202515-18-10/2017-12-28/93701_news%20report.jsp?jst=r%20the_US-Army-mobilized_9%20NEWS_201_12-2%202016_0_181911_4.0.9_14.00.pdf. To read more about the U.S. campaign in Iraq, see the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, that were an early response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York, Connecticut and then in Iraq. The 9/11, Iraq, Iraq: A Strategic Review, which is part of Air America’s Strategic and Planning Lab, and also highlights the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq by Iraq’s Supreme Leader and President Saddam Hussein’s successor, are both available online at https://www.airam.com/News/Air-America-War/911-Iraq-War-Report/1799-8/2015/94325.html.