“Left-wing loonies have been trying to change the US military for forty years. The relatively all male, macho culture, with its unique camaraderie and worship of a hard drinking, skirt-chasing, rough and tumble lifestyle was anathema to the liberal mindset.” – Ray Starmann, U.S. Defense Watch.
Although the Obama White House, the Pentagon and most American news outlets have painted a picture of solidarity and cooperation between U.S. armed forces and the Iraqi government and military, reports coming out of the Middle East on Tuesday paints an entirely different picture.
Military sources in Iraq told the Iranian state-controlled Fars News Agency on Tuesday that members of the elite U.S. Delta Force are involved in a clandestine
operation in Iraq. While no one has described the details of the secret operation, some believe they may be searching for three Americans who were abducted week, according to former police intelligence analyst Carter Davis.
“The CIA is the mastermind [behind] the secret dispatch of the U.S. special forces who are now in Iraq under the name of Delta Force,” Middle Eastern media outlets claimed on Tuesday. They were relying on a statement by Brigadier General Talal Abdel Rahman al-Hamdani, a retired Iraqi Army officer.
The Iraqi war veteran claims the number of U.S. special forces troops involved in the clandestine mission is not very high and that they have blended into residential areas among the Iraqi population.
“The Delta forces have been trained to assassinate Iraq’s political figures and carry out dangerous military operations,” according to Hamdani.
While the special forces soldiers are in Iraq as an ally, some Iraqi politicians are not showing any gratitude. For example, a senior member of the Iraqi parliament,Rasoul al-Tayee, demanded an investigation into the current activities of the U.S. special forces in their country.
On Dec. 1, 2015, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter had announced that the United States was prepared to deploy more special operations troops to Iraq to put greater pressure on the terrorists with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Late last year, Iraq’s Popular Forces information officer Naim al-Aboudi warned the Obama administration and the Pentagon that the central government in Baghdad refuses to allow the presence of U.S. ground forces in Iraq. Al-Aboudi warned against the U.S. “hatching plots” for his nation.
“The Iraqi government is against the presence of foreign military forces, including Americans or non-Americans in Iraq, because it is aware of the reaction of the great nation of Iraq to such a move,” Al-Aboudi informed the Fars News Agency (FNA). He also threatened that the Iraqi forces would deal with American troops in Iraq as if they were an occupying force. FNA claims he implied that Iraqi forces will kill the U.S. troops on sight.
In December 2015, a top general with Iraq’s volunteer military slammed U.S. leaders for their plans to send elite special forces units to Northern Iraq. FNA alleged that the unidentified Iraqi officer accused the Obama White House of pursuing “specific political incentives through such measures.”
“The recent statements of US Secretary of Defense about dispatch of elite forces to Northern Iraq on the pretext of fighting the ISIL is aimed at eliminating the quadrilateral coalition of Iran, Russia, Syria and Iraq from the battle against the ISIL,” Spokesman of Iraq’s Volunteer Forces, Karim al-Nouri, told Iran’s FNA on Dec. 6, 2015.
Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist, and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show..
He's former chief of police at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at St. Peter's University and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.